March 3, 2020
Air General Traveler, the ground concierge Meet & Greet program we started six years ago, has launched its newest location – at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Terminal B. The terminal currently serves Air Canada, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines and offers four lounges. The airport – including Terminal B – is undergoing a multi billion dollar redevelopment project. The new Terminal B, managed by LaGuardia Gateway Partners on behalf of The Port Authority of NY & NJ, is opening in phases with the main new departure terminal to open by May 2020; it will offer more retail, food and beverage and amenities. Travelers will walk above the aircraft using dual pedestrian bridges which connect the main part of the terminal to two island concourses. The bridges offer views of the Manhattan skyline.
LaGuardia Airport began as a publicity stunt in 1934. Then New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia refused to deplane from a TWA flight from Pittsburgh to Newark, declaring that his ticket showed his destination as New York. The press conference that followed, along with reporters onboard the plane, confirmed the time had come for a new, modern facility closer to Manhattan. In 1939 the airport opened as the New York Municipal Airport – LaGuardia Field, and in 1953 the name was officially shortened to LaGuardia Airport. The redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport involves transforming the airport into a unified airport with new terminals, an improved roadway system, new parking infrastructure and more. It is one of the most significant airport redevelopment projects in the United States in more than 20 years. In 2015, more than 28 million passengers used LaGuardia Airport, making it the premier business airport in the business capital of the U.S., the busiest airport in the country without non-stop service to Europe. LaGuardia Airport is a short drive into Manhattan and an easy commute to Long Island.