Arrivals and departures hall opens at LaGuardia’s Terminal B

New York LaGuardia's new look Terminal B. (LaGuardia Gateway Partners)

The Vantage Airport Group has announced the completion of a significant phase of the $5.1 billion transformation of LaGuardia’s Terminal B with the opening of the Arrivals and Departures Hall. The facility will enable all Terminal B passengers to check in, pass through centralised security screening, experience new shops, restaurants and amenities, and pick up their checked baggage.

Covering 850,000sq ft (78,967m) the facility has four levels, housing ground transportation access, baggage carousels, an expansive check-in area, and a centralised, 16-lane TSA screening checkpoint. The Hall’s fourth level is home to a new commercial district with shops and restaurants.

Vantage has been leading the redevelopment since the Port Authority first initiated its plans to redevelop Terminal B in 2011.

George Casey, chair and CEO, Vantage Airport Group and board director, LaGuardia Gateway Partners, commented: “This milestone represents an important step forward in our collective efforts to revolutionise one of New York’s most important gateways and a critical piece of US aviation infrastructure. #

“As an equity investor, lead developer and manager of LaGuardia Gateway Partners, it’s been an honour to oversee the redevelopment and management of Terminal B alongside the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.”

He added: “Together with the Port Authority, airlines, the TSA, concessionaires, and other key stakeholders, we have created a world-class terminal that will entirely transform the passenger experience and help deliver on Governor Cuomo’s vision for a unified LaGuardia. We are proud to share this milestone with our partners, travellers and New Yorkers. With the completion of the Arrivals and Departures Hall, we have raised the bar for the airport experience, not just at LaGuardia but for the entire US airport system.”

As the opening comes while the aviation industry deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, Vantage said it has implemented a rigorous set of new protocols to enhance existing health and safety standards at each of its airports, including Terminal B, in partnership with the Port Authority. To help prevent the spread of the virus, plexiglass screens and physical distance queue management systems have been introduced to reduce person-to-person contact and electrostatic fogging equipment is being used to improve sanitation.

Rick Cotton, executive director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said: “The opening of the first new Arrivals and Departure Hall is a major milestone in delivering on Governor Cuomo’s vision for a brand new, world-class, 21st century LaGuardia Airport that the region deserves. We thank the contractors, subcontractors, and union construction workers who worked through the pandemic to deliver this extraordinary building on time and on budget. The opening should be a shining symbol of the region’s potential for a strong economic recovery with the vitality of New York before COVID-19.”