Improvements Considered For LaGuardia, Kennedy Airports

NEW YORK (AP) — The agency that owns the New York City area’s major airports says it is considering improvements to terminals at LaGuardia and Newark Liberty.

Tuesday was the deadline for contractors to send proposals to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to replace La Guardia’s Central Terminal. The agency will be looking at them over the next few months.

Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye says the existing Central Terminal is obsolete.

“It’s got a quaint, nostalgic but unacceptable kind of 1940s, 1950s feel that’s just not acceptable,” he told a meeting of the Association for a Better New York.

Foye also said about $350 million is earmarked for overhauling Terminal B at Newark. Travelers have criticized that terminal because of the way it limits passengers to individual “piers” instead of allowing them to move around the whole terminal.

Later this year, the Port Authority will also ask contractors for proposals to build a new Terminal A at Newark, Foye said.       Delta Airlines and the Port Authority are also renovating Delta’s hub at Kennedy’s Terminal 4, mostly through $900 million in special-project bonds.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Which airport do you usually fly out of and what type of changes would you like to see? Leave your comments below…

  • VY

    Stewart Airport is within 4 miles of the existing Hoboken to Poer Jervis NJT-Metro North rail line.
    A train spur line should be extended to the parking lots adjacent to the terminal, plus new highway ramp connections directly from I-84 and directly to the NY State Thruway into the airport, without using local roads, to lessen local traffic impact.
    Metro north could run hourly or more express runs down to Hoboken, with the Secaucus connection to Penn Station NY. That should be about 75 minute ride to NY Penn Station.

  • VY

    LGA needs a total rebuild like the way Chicago modernized Midway Airport.
    At Midway they moved the main terminal back across the street from the field, with only the arms to the gates on the field side. That opened extra tarmac area which made juggling planes easier and created room for more gates.
    At LGA rebuild the multi level central garage OVER the Grand Central Parkway, and rebuild ther main terminal where the current multi level garage is.
    That will back the main terminal off the field with just the arms to the gates on the field side.
    That will open more tarmac area to add gates and more room to move planes on the field.
    In between the new garage and the new terminal add a rail connection to either the the LIRR via the Amtrak Hells Gate Bridge North East Corridor line or to the Astoria N train subway line.
    Direct auto ramp connections will be into the airport and also directly into the garage from the Grand Central Parkway and local roads.
    But of course the dead heads at the PA could never think about such a thing, because expanding the terminals by rebuilding them back away from the field to improve on tarmac airplane movements is too hard for them to understand.
    Chicago did it when they expanded Midway when it was rebuilt in the 1990’s.
    LGA should be rebuilt with improved tarmac space and a new moderrn terminal same as Midway was.

  • Bullett

    The only way to improve local air travel is to open up Stewart as the next Int’l Airport.

  • adam j. mack

    ”It needs a makeover from top to bottom for Improvements.”

  • Larry Schwarz

    It’s about time.

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