The first new concourse and gates at Delta Air Lines‘ new Terminal C, part of the ongoing $8 billion transformation of LaGuardia into a unified 21st century airport, has opened. The seven new gates in the Delta concourse, on the far eastern side of the airport, run 60 flights per day to Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC.
“The opening of the first new concourse at Terminal C is a major milestone that takes us one step closer to transforming LaGuardia Airport into a global gateway worthy of this state,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said during a press conference last week. “We’re building the nation’s first completely new airport in 25 years and showing the nation and the world that you can be ambitious and get big things done. At the end of the day, the new LaGuardia Airport will provide a world-class passenger experience with state-of-the art terminals and concourses like the one we’re in today, new roadways and improved traffic flow, and 50 percent more tarmac space to reduce gate delays.”
Delta’s new 105,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art concourse features modern amenities and dining establishments inspired by local favorites including H&H Bagels, Rossi Pizzeria (from Chef Mark Iacono of Lucali), Flatiron Tavern & Provisions (from chefs Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer of King), Birch Coffee and Juice Press all organized by hospitality group OTG. The new gate areas provide more seating, sustainable technology powering ample outlets for charging devices and respite spaces for passengers to rest and regroup.
When complete, the new terminal will feature 37 gates across four concourses connected by a centralized and streamlined check-in lobby, security checkpoint and baggage claim; dual taxiways that will help reduce gate congestion and taxi times; a new, larger Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck; larger gate areas and more concession space; and more efficient airport roadways. Delta operates more than 275 peak-day departures from its LGA hub and began construction on the $4 billion replacement of Terminals C and D in August of 2017.
The new LaGuardia will ultimately comprise 2.7 million sq. ft., 72 new gates across six concourses, two new terminal arrivals and departures halls connected by a central hall and 13.7 miles of new roadway network.