Delta Airlines has unveiled a new terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York. The terminal spans across a 100,000 square-foot concourse, and it cost $3.9 (KSh400)billion.
The new terminal is part of a larger $8 (KSh824) billion LaGuardia face-lift that will end with an entirely new structure in 2021.
According to the Port Authority spokeswoman, the port will settle $600 million of the total $3.9 billion expenses. Delta will cover the rest.
Exciting developments at the terminal include more tarmac space to reduce gate delays, restaurants and other amenities. New roads and rail services have also been constructed between LaGuardia and midtown Manhattan.
In addition, the terminal will have technology that helps pilots park their planes and automatically positions passenger boarding bridges. Besides, it incorporates a system that makes ice at night, when energy demand is lower and uses it to help cool the building during hot summer days.
A Con Edison substation powers the facility, with major electrical equipment housed on the upper level to protect against flooding if there’s a major storm.
The terminal is located on the eastern edge of the airport. It is the second new concourse to open since the LaGuardia construction project began three years ago. The first, an 18-gate concourse in Terminal B, opened last December.
“It’s the first totally new airport in the U.S. in the last 25 years,” said Port Authority Executive Director, Rick Cotton.
Seven new gates will begin operating next Monday with flights to Boston, Chicago and Washington. The terminal will eventually have 37 gates across four concourses.
Delta Airlines, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the major airlines of the United States. It operates over 5,400 flights daily and serves 325 destinations in 52 countries on 6 continents.