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Airport Overview

LaGuardia Airport is located in Queens, New York and is about 8 miles (13 km) from Manhattan. It covers an area of 680 acres (280 ha). The airport is operated by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It has been criticized for various facilities, lack of cleanliness, and many other problems. The airport is under a $4B reconstruction project and is scheduled to be completed by 2022, which will make dramatic improvements for the traveling public.

More detailed information about LGA can be found below.

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Airport Stats & Facts

  • LaGuardia Airport is the third busiest airport in New York City, and the 20th busiest in the US.
  • In 2019, LGA had passenger traffic of around 30 million passengers.
  • A perimeter rule prohibits all flights exceeding 1,500 miles, so most transcontinental and international flights use either JFK or Newark Liberty airports.

Airport Traveling Tips

  • LGA airport is the busiest on Sunday evening from 5 pm to 6 pm.
  • As the Airport is under construction, it is highly recommended that passengers arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled flight departure to account for TSA security wait times and any possible delays.
  • Take a few minutes to look at the LaGuardia Airport map before heading to the airport for a flight.

Flight Status

Airport Terminals

The Airport has four terminals - A, B, C, and D, connected by buses and walkways. To see the terminal locations and for additional information, please refer to the LaGuardia Airport terminal map.

Terminal A

Also known as the Marine Air Terminal (MAT), it has JetBlue Airlines as the only tenant.

Terminal B

Also known as the Central Terminal Building (CTB), it serves most of LaGuardia’s airlines including Air Canada, American, Southwest, and United.

Terminal C

This terminal covers an area of 300,000 square feet. Due to the construction of a new concourse, gates C-15-C24 are closed. The airlines operated at this terminal are Delta, Delta Connection, and a few more.

Terminal D

It is connected to Terminal C by a 600-foot walkway. Delta Connection and Delta airlines operate at the new Concourse G, connected to Terminal D.

Airlines Served

LaGuardia Airport serves as a hub for both American Airlines and Delta Airlines. It also serves various other airlines including Air Canada, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and more.

View the full list of airlines served at LGA airport.

Airport Parking

Short-term and Long-term Parking:

Parking at LGA Airport is available at all the terminals. From hourly and daily parking to long-term parking, there are several parking options at LaGuardia Airport. All parking lot fees are collected while exiting the lot.

Off-site Parking:

Many parking lots offer affordable off-site parking near LGA Airport. Most of the off-site parking lots allow 24/7 access.

Ground Transportation

After arriving at the airport, passengers have several options for ground transport to their next destination. Some of the transportation options include airport shuttles, car rentals, and buses. In addition, many passengers also utilize ride services like Uber, Lyft, and taxis.

Airport Car Rental

Car Rentals are a breeze at LGA. There are multiple car rental agencies onsite at the airport. Hertz, Enterprise, National, and other well-known car rental providers offer airport travelers a large variety of vehicles to choose from.

Airport Shuttles

Airport Shuttle Services are a great way to travel from LaGuardia Airport. With the availability of various shuttle services, you can get a ride to almost any nearby location.

Buses & Trains:

Public transportation is available from the airport to all major areas nearby. The buses are wheelchair accessible.

Amenities & Services

To help you enjoy your stay, LaGuardia Airport provides visitors with many different amenities and services including:

  • Restaurants, cafes, and bars.
  • Stores, gift shops, and local souvenir shops.
  • Shoeshine stations and massage bars.
  • Multiple art installations and exhibits on display.
  • Free Wi-Fi internet throughout the entire airport.
  • Currency exchange.

Passenger Pickup and Drop-off

  • Car Services, App-based Rides passenger pick-up area is located in Terminal B Parking Garage, Level 2.
  • The passenger drop off can take place outside their desired terminal on the departures level.

Contact Information

Address: Ditmars Blvd & 94th St Flushing, NY 11369, USA


Phone: (718) 533 3400

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LaGuardia Airport: A Brief History Timeline

  • LaGuardia Airport is named after Fiorello La Guardia, who was the mayor of New York City when the airport was built.
  • LGA opened with 4 runways at 45 degrees angle to each other, the longest being 6,000 ft.
  • In 2010, full demolition and rebuilding of LGA’s central terminal was announced by the Port Authority director, Christopher Ward.
  • In 2015, a $4 billion plan was announced to rebuild the terminals as one contiguous building with terminal bridges connecting buildings.
  • In 2016, the construction of the project’s first phase started and scheduled to be completed by 2021.
  • Also, in 2016, comprehensive plans for the redevelopment were approved unanimously and the construction costs were estimated to range from $4 billion - $5.3 billion.
  • In 2018, 11 gates at Terminal’s B new Eastern Concourse were opened and 5 additional gates in June 2019.
  • The new airport is to be eco-friendly and the entire airport will move 600 ft closer to the Grand Central Parkway.

Traveler Help

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How do I contact baggage claim?

Asked by Joseph Goodman - Thu, 20 October

Any baggage claim issues should be directed to the airline you used.

Can I walk from Terminal C to B?

Asked by Janet M Traphagen - Wed, 28 September

You can walk, or there is also an airport bus that travels between the terminals. 

How long does it take to walk from c-20 to c-35 at Terminal C?

Asked by Paul - Thu, 22 September

Since both gates are in Terminal C it shouldn't take very long to get from one to the other. 

Where is SWA baggage services for lost baggage?

Asked by Steve - Mon, 12 September

You can contact Southwest Airlines directly at (800) 435-9792 for any baggage claims questions. 

Is there a USAA bank in the airport?

Asked by Scott Weiler - Wed, 31 August

There isn't a USAA Bank currently at this airport. 

Where do I park if I'm flying with JetBlue?

Asked by Grace - Mon, 29 August

Jetblue is located in Terminal B so you will want to use the Terminal B parking area. 

Is there a shuttle between Terminal B & C?

Asked by Beverly Rainey - Sun, 28 August

There is an airport shuttle available between Terminal B & C. 

Is united express in terminal B?

Asked by Larry Wheeler - Thu, 18 August

United Airlines is located in Terminal B. 

Where is the ground transportation desk located in Terminal D?

Asked by greg - Fri, 12 August

There isn't a Terminal D at this airport. 

Where is the Delta first lounge?

Asked by Gaétan Breton - Thu, 11 August

There are Delta Sky Club Lounges located at Gate C26 and a Connector between C & D. 

Where do private drivers pick up prepaid travelers?

Asked by Mandy - Mon, 16 May

It depends on what Terminal you are arriving into. Here is more information about passenger pickup.

Do you need a shuttle to car rental?

Asked by Treese Ann Hellstrom - Fri, 6 May

Yes, we recommend the free shuttle to the Car Rental area. It is not easily access on foot.  

What terminal does Southwest arrive at?

Asked by Joyce Moore - Wed, 13 April

Southwest operates out of Terminal B t this airport. 

How do I get from terminal A to B?

Asked by Karen - Tue, 12 April

We suggest you use the free shuttle service, as to walk would be very far. Service between terminals runs 24 hours and buses come every 8-15 minutes. 

Can I park at the airport for 5 days?

Asked by Ilene - Tue, 12 April

Yes, you can park at the airport for up to 30 days.

Where is my luggage?

Asked by Christopher reynolds - Mon, 4 April

You must contact your airline directly regarding any lost or delayed luggage. 

Is there a telephone number for American Airlines baggage services?

Asked by Tommy Jacks - Mon, 4 April

You can contact American Airlines at (800) 433-7300.

Where can cars wait for Terminal D arriving flights?

Asked by DanTheMan - Sun, 6 March

You can wait at the Cell Phone Parking Lot, which is located on 94th Street between 23rd Ave and Ditmars Blvd. It's open 7 days a week, from 7:00am to midnight.

How do you get from terminal A to C?

Asked by Jo Stecher - Sat, 26 February

You can use the complimentary shuttle bus to go between Terminals. Buses arrive roughly every 10 minutes but this may vary with traffic conditions.

Does the airport have smoking area?

Asked by keshav - Sat, 26 February

Inside the airport, smoking is prohibited, including the use of electronic cigarettes. Outside the terminals, there are designated smoking areas.

Where is Pet relief area terminal B?

Asked by E Shulman - Sun, 20 February

For accessing the Pet relief area that is located just beyond the arrivals taxi stand at the Terminal B, you need to take an exit through the arrival level and then turn right. 

Where is the pickup area for arriving Delta flights?

Asked by Rehan - Wed, 16 February

On the ground level or the arrivals levels, the pickup areas of which can be found between terminal C and terminal D for arriving Delta Flights. 

Where can I park at this airport and do I need a reservation?

Asked by Shari tinneny - Sun, 13 February

There is both short and long term parking options available, and you don't need a reservation for either. Learn more about parking options

What Terminal Does Delta Airlines use?

Asked by Charlie - Sat, 12 February

Terminal D is used by Delta Airlines and this terminal is only used by Delta Airlines. You can also visit the LaGuardia Map Page for more info.

La Guardia Airport Q&A

Yes. while the official name is LaGuardia Airport, it is commonly referred to as LGA Airport.
Located in the borough of Queens, New York, LGA is around 8 miles (13 km) from Manhattan.
LGA airport is a small hub for American Airlines and Delta Airlines.
Passengers are permitted to sleep in the airport. It remains open 24 hours a day and visitors can stay inside overnight. We also recommend these awesome LGA layover ideas.
Being one of the busiest airports in New York City, you can fly to many cities from LaGuardia Airport. Check out our direct flights page to see where you can go.