Upgrade from John F Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International

For a city full of iconic glamour, the airports serving New York have let it down, to put it mildly. Consistently voted the worst in the United States and even the world, John F Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International have collectively brought a rotten reputation to the Big Apple.

But a $36 billion overhaul of all three is underway and although its end goal is 2030, there’s already a new terminal at the previously much-maligned LaGuardia, which was recently voted the best new terminal in the world.

The 12-hectare Terminal B won the 2021 UNESCO Versailles Prize, a global architecture and design award, selected for its successful integration of culture and functionality into its architecture.

As Frank Scremin, CEO of LaGuardia Gateway Partners and Vantage Airport Group explained, “Our vision was to elevate and completely transform the Terminal B experience, incorporating world-class public art, sought-after amenities , iconic architecture and state-of-the-art technology. .”

Terminal B is also the first air terminal in the world to achieve LEED v4 Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. It accounts for half of the $11.5 billion spent on LaGuardia.

Practically, this means passengers will enjoy light streaming through huge glass walls, city restaurant branches, 35 gates, undercover taxi and carpool stands and impressive art installations to enhance the atmosphere. ‘vibe.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (jointly controlled by the Governors of New York and New Jersey) oversees the three airports. It also owned and operated the World Trade Center. Experts say the 9/11 attacks and the need to rebuild downtown New York are responsible for neglecting airports for decades.

But with Delta’s new LaGuardia home at Terminal A also set to open any minute, suddenly the airport that US President Joe Biden once compared to that of a third world country looks like to a first world wonder. And its neighboring air hubs are not left out.

Construction of the new Terminal A at John F Kennedy International Airport was scheduled to begin in 2020, but was delayed by COVID, and instead kicked off this year. It is expected to start taking passengers in 2026 and be fully completed by 2030.

At 22.3 acres, it will be JFK’s largest terminal with 23 gates, new check-in halls, a food and retail area, and indoor green space.

Meanwhile, Newark Liberty International’s Terminal A is gradually opening its 33 doors this year and the port authority is replacing the airport’s EWR AirTrain with a new, modern rail transit system.

Newark is the third-largest hub for United Airlines, with the US carrier accounting for well over half of passengers passing through it. It is also the US East Coast airport for Air Canada and Aer Lingus in Ireland. It is also a major freight hub, with FedEx Express its largest tenant.

See laguardiaairport.com panynj.gov/airports

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