New York’s LaGuardia Airport, consistently ranked among the worst in the U.S. in cleanliness, design and delays, will be torn down and rebuilt with help from Delta Air Lines Inc.
Delta Air Lines ground service at LaGuardia Airport
The new airport would consolidate four terminals into one, connect the facility to the New York City subway system, create more space for airplane taxiways and add a hotel, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
“There’s no way to fix this; we literally have to tear it down,” Cuomo said in a speech to the Association for a Better New York in Manhattan.
Cuomo was joined by U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, who once likened LaGaurdia to an airport in a third-world country.
“New York deserves a better airport, and its future demands it,” Biden said Monday.
In May, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey selected a group led by Swedish construction company Skanska AB to help finance, build and manage a $4 billion replacement for LaGuardia’s 50-year-old central terminal. Plans call for a new 35-gate terminal with more restaurants, stores, bigger gate areas and improved passenger and baggage screening.
Delta has committed to redevelop its two terminals, Cuomo said.
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