Vantage Airport Group celebrates completion of new concourse at LaGuardia Airport Terminal B
Vantage Airport Group, the redeveloper of LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, has celebrated the completion of the first phase of the US$5.1 billion transformation of Terminal B.
The milestone was marked at a media event featuring New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Port Authority of New York and Jersey executives and key project partners.
Vantage, as part of LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), is leading the management, operations and commercial development at the existing Terminal B as well as overseeing construction of the new terminal, a facility it will operate through 2050.
The first day of operations is scheduled for December 1, 2018.
LGP was selected in 2016 by Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority to redevelop Terminal B, the largest public-private partnership in US aviation infrastructure history.
“We applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo’s transformative vision for LaGuardia and New York’s other gateway airports, and are glad to work with the Port Authority and our partners at LGA, including the airlines, to help bring it to life,” said George Casey, Chair and CEO, Vantage Airport Group.
“Vantage is very proud of our role as lead investor, overseeing the construction program and managing and operating Terminal B. Today’s milestone is the first of many that will entirely transform the experience at LaGuardia for passengers, airlines and employees.“
The new concourse features the first 11 of 35 new gates at Terminal B, spacious seating areas with charging stations, soaring ceilings up to 55 feet in height and other architectural elements inspired by New York’s vibrancy and verticality.
The world-class selection of New York food, beverage and retail offerings will include: District Market, a New York-style experience that includes curated gifts from ‘Made in Queens’ through a partnership with the Queens Economic Development Corporation; FAO Schwarz toys; McNally Jackson, an independent Manhattan bookseller; MAC Cosmetics; and Hudson travel essentials.
At LaGuardia’s Dufry-operated duty free shops, domestic passengers will be able to shop for cosmetics and fragrances, fashion accessories, and confectionery.
International passengers traveling to destinations such as Canada will be able to buy tobacco products, wines and spirits.
The next milestone for the new terminal is expected in 2020, when 100% of Terminal B passengers – nearly 15 million annually – will check in, pass through security screening and explore concessions in the new 820,000 square foot head house, under construction now.
When complete, the new Terminal B will include 1.3 million square feet of new space.