The times of weary travelers cringing at the thought of having to go to LaGuardia is a thing of the past.
LaGuardia Airport’s new Delta Air Lines Terminal C opened for flights last weekend, marking the near completion of this New York airport’s much-needed makeover.
The new 1.3-million-square-foot terminal is filled with stylish amenities, has a sustainable design, features some beloved New York City restaurant chains and new works by local Queens artists, and the leading technologies that will help streamline the process for every traveler who passes through the airport.
The New LaGuardia Airport 2022
This project is the result of a 8 million dollar investment in the airport revamp that took just over six years to complete, after the full plan being unveiled in 2015.
Approximately two-thirds of the total cost came from private airlines (including 3.4 billion from Delta, according to a report in CNN Travel) and the remainder from New York State.
“The transformation of a LaGuardia Airport into a world-class destination that is internationally recognized for its beauty is an integral part of our bold vision for a new era in New York. The opening of Delta’s $4 billion Terminal C will help provide a state-of-the-art passenger experience, easing connections and creating lasting impressions,” New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, said in a statement.
The unveiling of the new Terminal C marks the opening of a new and improved LaGuardia Airport, which is the first new US airport in over 25 years. Back in January, the revamp of LaGuardia’s Terminal B was fully completed.
How The New Delta Terminal Will Improve Your Travel Experience
The new Delta Terminal C is nearly double the size of the two terminals its replaced. A total of 37 airport gates can be found in one sleek arrivals and departures hall located on four concourses. The new space is complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, the latest technologies for travelers, and concessions that will make New Yorkers feel right at home and travelers inspired.
Here are some of the highlights of LaGuardia Airport’s latest makeover.
- Travelers will be offered lots of natural light from the sleek floor-to-ceiling windows.
- The latest technologies include hands-free bag drop stations and Digital ID screening.
- To streamline the process for travelers that have already checked-in, a curbside check-in building was installed so those travelers can get to security screening more quickly.
- The Terminal C Departures Hall is complete with 36 full-service check-in counters, 49 self-service kiosks, and 16 bag-drop counters.
- The new security area has a total of 11 screening lanes (with room for five additional lanes).
- The TSA lines will offer dynamic signage that displays passenger wait times. Queueing zones will also be adjusted based on passenger demand. This will help ease some of the stress from travelers that have to pass through the TSA lines.
The new terminal is complete with 5 baggage carousels where travelers can retrieve their checked luggage upon arrival.
Both Arrivals and Departures Hall features 14 revamped restrooms. The new Concourse E has a total of 15 restrooms and all feature touch-free entry, sinks, and hand dryers.
Delta Sky Club
The new Terminal C is also complete with what is now Delta Air Lines largest Sky Club. The 34,000 square foot space can fit up to 600 travelers, allowing them to relax and unwind in style while waiting for their flight.
Airport’s Air, Amenities Will Give Travelers That ‘New York’ Feel
Getting in a New York state of mind won’t be hard for travelers at the new LaGuardia.
In partnership with the Queens Museum, the borough’s top art museum located in the Flushing-Meadows Corona Park district, the new terminal features six new art projects by locally revered artists.
And travelers through the new Terminal C can also enjoy some of the best of New York food. New concession stands include local favorites like Poppy’s Bagel, Chuko Ramen, Bubby’s, and Sunday Supper Trattoria.
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This article originally appeared on TravelOffPath.com