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La Guardia LGA Airport Overview

LaGuardia Airport LGA serves the city of New York.  A perimeter rule prohibits incoming and outgoing flights exceeding 1,500 miles, so most transcontinental and international flights use either JFK (Kennedy) or EWR (Newark Liberty) airports.  The Airport is one of five airports operated by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
While LaGuardia Airport has long been considered as one of the worst U.S. Airports, it may be noted that serious steps have now been taken to remedy this situation - see 'Future Airport Developments' below.

LGA Airport is only eight miles from midtown Manhattan, accessible directly from Grand Central Parkway (the extension of I-278). Located in the Borough of Queens, City of New York, it  borders on the areas of Astoria, Jackson Heights & East Elmhurst.

With an estimated annual passenger count of 27 million, LaGuardia Airport is served by many airlines offering nonstop daily flights to numerous destinations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as by seasonal flights to Aruba, the Bahamas and Bermuda (as these destinations offer US Border preclearance on return flights). 

La Guardia Airport has four passenger terminals: TA through TD.  

Future Airport developments:  The Central Terminal B is to be replaced by a new terminal, along with associated projects. Parking Lot 2 is being demolished for the new 35-gate Terminal Building, construction of which is to start second half of 2014. Throughout ongoing construction, the old Terminal B will remain open.
Current Completion Time Table (Total Project completion: 2021)
4th Q 2015: Runway Safety Extensions are made at both runways.
Dec. 2015
(timeline for FAA requirements): A series of runway improvement projects are to meet December 2015
mid-2016: Garage opening -a new West Parking Garage is to serve the new Central Terminal. A new  East Parking Garage with 1,100 spaces is being constructed opposite Terminal C, intended for passengers in both Terminals C & D
early 2017:partial new Terminal opening ;
2018: frontage roads & headhouse of Main Terminal substantially complete;
Fall 2019: Main Terminal complete;

Other Projects with no time table available:
1. The Delta Terminal's big overhaul project includes a 650-foot bridge connecting Terminals C & D; a new Terminal C Delta Sky Club; security lane expansions; and inline baggage screening system for all terminals (no time line yet available).
2. A more efficient transport system is also under consideration, and includes the East End Substation.

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LGA Delays: 15 mins or less.

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