Friday, February 10, 2012
New terminal for LaGuardia
From the Times Ledger:
U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) hailed news that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey received proposals from 15 private firms interested in replacing the Central Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst.
“I think it’s great,” the congressman said. “I think it’s healthy and I think it gives the Port Authority some options in terms of who to choose.”
The Port Authority is planning to redevelop the airport’s Central Terminal building. This terminal, which opened in 1964, currently hosts flights from 10 different airlines and encompasses half of the airport’s 72 gates. The authority said the current building is outdated — it was designed to handle 8 million passengers a year and now has served nearly 13 million a year since 2006 — and the agency is planning to create a new 1.3 million-square-foot terminal for $3.6 billion.
The terminal will cost $2.4 billion and the remaining $1.2 billion is for associated infrastructure.