Despite the coronavirus pandemic, New York's LaGuardia Airport will unveil its newly renovated and highly anticipated Terminal B on Saturday. LaGuardia Airport is undergoing a massive overhaul, and the opening of Terminal B is a huge step in the right direction. The newly renovated terminal is part of an ongoing $8 billion reconstruction of the airport that started in 2016.
New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed that the building is breathtaking, magnificent and offers plenty of beautiful artwork to enjoy. This should be good news to anyone who travels through the airport as it's often rated as one of the worst in the US. According to Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority, the opening of the overhauled terminal makes LaGuardia one of the best-in-class.
Terminal B is now 50 percent larger than it was and spans four levels. At 850,000 square feet, there is plenty of room for travelers. Starting Saturday, travelers flying in and out of the terminal will enjoy a refreshing experience complete with brand new check-in desks, baggage claim facilities and even upgraded security screening checkpoints. The terminal will offer 75 self-service kiosks along with signs displaying current wait times to get through security.
Flyers will also be able to grab a bite to eat at the centralized food hall. Local city favorites will be available, such as Think Coffee, Eli's Essentials, Brooklyn Diner and Junior's Cheesecake and more. When the terminal remodel was dreamed up, coronavirus didn't even exist. However, the airport will be cleaned and disinfected to CDC standards, and there will be signs everywhere reminding flyers to wash their hands often, wear a face mask and stay, at minimum, six feet away from others. This terminal will serve American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Air Canada.