Massive renovation of LaGuardia Airport's Terminal C completed after 6 years

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022
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Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled the new Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport Wednesday.

QUEENS, New York (WABC) -- A massive renovation of LaGuardia Airport's Terminal C has been completed after six years.

After the $4 billion transformation, LaGuardia will be getting a new transportation hub and will display artwork curated by the Queens Museum.

"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," Governor Hochul said. "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. Congratulations to all who made today's milestone possible as we finish creating a whole new LaGuardia Airport worthy of New York."

On Wednesday, officials unveiled the new terminal that will serve Delta Airlines flights.

At 1.3 million square feet, the new, state-of-the-art Terminal C will be 85% larger than the two terminals it is replacing - consolidating access to 37 gates through a single 21st century arrivals and departures hall.

Throughout the terminal, soaring floor-to-ceiling windows ensure it is filled with natural light by day.

Terminal C has been designed for optimal efficiency and speed, allowing travelers to navigate to and from their gates quickly and intuitively, using the latest technologies such as hands-free bag drop and digital ID screening capabilities.

A curbside check-in building will allow passengers who are already checked in to get to the security screening area more quickly.

The departures hall features 36 full service check-in counters, 49 self-service kiosks, and 16 bag-drop counters.

A larger and consolidated security area will feature 11 screening lanes with room for five additional lanes in the future, featuring state-of-the-art technology to expedite screening while prioritizing the safety of passengers.

Dynamic signage in the TSA queue will display passenger wait times and will allow queuing zones to be adjusted based on passenger demand.

At the arrival level, passengers will be able to retrieve their luggage from one of five baggage carousels.

There are 13 restrooms within the new terminal, all featuring touch-free entry, sinks, and hand dryers.

Concessions will include local favorites in partnership with OTG like Bubby's, Sunday Supper Trattoria, Chuko Ramen Poppy's Bagel, and Starbucks while Stellar Partners will provide specialty retail stores like Buzzfeed News, Beekman 1802, MAC, Le Labo and Briggs & Riley.

Terminal C will also be home to the newest and largest Delta Sky Club in the system, which will provide over 34,000 square feet to relax and recharge, with seating for nearly 600 guests.

Terminal C will be open to the public on Saturday.

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