The Governor of New York in the US Andrew Cuomo and US vice-president Joe Biden have unveiled the new layout of the $4bn LaGuardia Airport.
Skanska and Walsh Construction will be starting work for the re-design in 2016, which will aim to create a single, structurally unified main terminal with expanded transport access, increased taxiway space and upgraded passenger amenities.
Construction of the first half of the terminal will be managed by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, which is a new partnership chosen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the project.
Final approval from the board of directors of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will be sought, and is likely to be obtained early next year.
The present layout comprises of multiple, fragmented terminals that will be replaced by one main, architecturally unified terminal.
Construction will result in demolition of the existing Terminal B building to be replaced by a larger structure offering new terminal space, and a new central arrivals and departures hall. It will be linked to Delta's Terminals C and D.
The re-designed facility will also feature an island-gate system giving passengers access to gates via raised pedestrian bridges that will connect back to the main terminal. The bridges are planned to be high enough to allow aircraft to taxi underneath.
While this represents the western half of the planned development, the eastern half will be developed on a parallel track by Delta Air Lines. The existing terminals will be redeveloped and connected to the new central arrivals and departures hall.
Image: New design of LaGuardia Airport featuring raised pedestrian bridges under the planned island-gate system. Photo: courtesy of the Office of New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo.