Six airlines are moving operations at LaGuardia Airport in NY next month to ease delays during the airport’s reconstruction. Starting December 9, American, Delta, JetBlue, Alaska, Frontier and Spirit will relocate to improve the travel experience and minimize inconvenience.
Changes will consolidate JetBlue and Alaska in Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal), American in Terminal B, Delta in Terminals C and D and Frontier and Spirit in Terminal D. The goal is to make travel around the airport more efficient for passengers.
Under an agreement reached between the Port Authority and the airlines, the following changes will take effect on Saturday, December 9:
- American will consolidate its operations – including American Airlines Shuttle – at Terminal B, ceasing its flights at Terminal C
- Delta will co-locate its LaGuardia operations in Terminals C and D by relocating its Delta Shuttle to Chicago and Washington, D.C. from Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) to Terminal C
- JetBlue and Alaska will move its operations to Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) from Terminal B
- Frontier and Spirit also will move from Terminal B and begin operations at Terminal D (Departing passengers, however, must check in at Terminal C.)
LaGuardia is in the midst of an $8 billion transformation to create a 21st century airport, with modern terminal amenities and gates that can accommodate larger aircraft. Consolidation of these six airlines will help further streamline operations and enhance the customer experience at LaGuardia.
“We want to provide LaGuardia’s passengers and employees with ample time to become aware and prepare for these significant changes to existing flight operations,’’ said Lysa Scully, the Port Authority’s general manager at LaGuardia Airport. “We are working with our airline partners to make the terminal consolidation changes as convenient as possible for our passengers as they navigate the airport during this exciting – but extremely busy – time in LaGuardia’s storied history.”
Consolidation of aircraft operations for American and Delta will help make airfield movements more efficient, helping to reduce on-the-ground delays. It also will improve the experience for passengers. All of American’s customers, for example, will be dropped off, checked in and picked up at Terminal B regardless of where they are flying to or from. Delta Shuttle customers in Terminal C will have access to amenities that include a 7,600-square-foot Delta Sky Club, chef-driven restaurants, an expansive food hall, and upscale retail.
The ongoing $8 billion transformation of the 680-acre LaGuardia Airport – nearly 75 percent of it financed by private capital – will create an entirely new airport with a state-of-the-art unified facility. The redevelopment includes a revamped on-airport and access roadway network, with planning underway for a new AirTrain LaGuardia connection to provide convenient, direct rail access to the airport.