New York LaGuardia Airport
The LaGuardia International Airport is located in Queens, which is one of the five boroughs of New York City. Approximately 24 million people travel through the LaGuardia International Airport on an annual basis, which makes it the least traveled of the three major airports that serve New York City and make up the largest airport system in the country. Of all the airports in the country that do not offer nonstop service to any cities in Europe, La Guardia is the busiest airport in the country. The airport has had the name LaGuardia since 1953. The name is important because LaGuardia is the last name of the man who was mayor of New York City when the airport was built, even though it was initially named the Glenn H. Curtiss Airport.
History of the Airport
When Mayor Fiorello La Guardia flew into New York City in the 1920s, he was outraged to learn that his flight was actually to land at the Newark International Airport in New Jersey, despite the fact that his ticket stated he was going to New York City. At the time, Newark International was New York City’s only airport, even though it is located in New Jersey. The mayor was outraged and demanded the pilot of his flight land the plane in Brooklyn, at Floyd Bennett Field. He then called a press conference to urge his fellow New York City residents to support efforts to bring an airport into their great city.
In the 1940s, Time Magazine referred to the LaGuardia International Airport as, “the most pretentious land and seaplane base in the world,” after the Newark International Airport began renovating it’s grounds and buildings in an effort to keep up with this massive airport. Newark could not keep up with what LaGuardia was doing in terms of popularity and luxury. By 1968, LaGuardia International Airport was no longer big enough to accommodate the amount of air traffic that it needed to, even though it was such a big airport when it was originally built.
LaGuardia International Airport sits in Queens on 680 acres of property. It has enough room to accommodate approximately 76 gates for passengers and flights. The airport uses two main runways, both of which are large. In fact, both runways are 7,000 feet long and 150 feet wide, which can accommodate even the largest of aircraft.
LaGuardia International Airport has four main terminals in which passengers and flights can depart and arrive. Terminal A is referred to as the Marine Air Terminal, which is a New York City historic landmark and has been since 1995. Terminal B is the biggest of the four terminals at LaGuardia Airport. It has 36 gates and 4 concourses. The terminal is approximately 6 city blocks in length and takes up 750,000 square feet of space. Terminal C is home to 12 gates and 8 shuttle gates. These shuttles take passengers hourly to Boston and Washington D.C. Terminal D was built by Delta Airlines and serves only Delta airlines with 10 gates.
Parking at LaGuardia
Despite the fact that many people in New York City use cabs and others forms of public transportation to go to LaGuardia International Airport, there is plenty of parking available for those flying out of the city. There are more than 6,900 parking places for passengers. One such space is a five-story garage that holds approximately 3,000 vehicles. There are designated parking spaces for those who have handicap permits and the airport accepts reservations for prime parking spots. Reserving a parking spot in advance means passengers will get the best spot available as close to their airline terminal and ticketing counter as possible.
Airlines Serving LaGuardia Airport
Being the second busiest airport within New York City, New York LaGuardia Airport hosts some of the largest airline companies from Canada and the United States.
Delta Air Lines is by far the busiest carrier at New York LaGuardia Airport. In fact, this giant U.S. airline company uses the airport as a major domestic base. Delta Air Lines operates direct flights to major cities in the East Coast and Midwest regions of the United States. Atlanta, Buffalo, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, and Raleigh are some of the major East Coast destinations accessible via Delta Air Lines. This giant airline also takes passengers to popular destinations in Florida including Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.
Operating direct trips to Aruba and Bermudas, Delta Air Lines also links New York LaGuardia Airport with some of the most popular resort destinations in the Caribbean region. In fact, these are some of the few international flights offered at New York City’s second largest airport.
The Delta Connection service at New York LaGuardia Airport offers flights to more than a dozen other major destinations all over the United States, including the South and West Coast regions. All Delta Air Lines service is offered at Terminal C and Terminal D in LaGuardia Airport. The Delta Connection flights take off from Terminal D.
Delta Shuttle is the only service available at Terminal A in New York LaGuardia Airport. This convenient regional service includes direct flights to Boston Logan International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport.
JetBlue Airways specializes in connecting New York LaGuardia Airport with major resort destinations in Florida. This low-cost company is based at JFK Airport, the largest airport in NYC. JetBlue Airways offers daily flights to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. JetBlue service is available in Concourse A and Concourse B at the Terminal B building.
New York LaGuardia Airport is served by several other major U.S. companies. However, each carrier offers limited service because Delta dominates the schedule at the airport. American Airlines, American Eagle, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways make up the list of major domestic airlines operating at New York’s second busiest airport. With the exception of US Airways, these carriers operate in Terminal B.
Air Canada and WestJet, which are both Canadian companies, are the only international airlines that serve New York LaGuardia Airport. Operating in Terminal B, the flag carrier Air Canada offers non-stop flights to Montreal and Toronto. The low-cost carrier WestJet also takes passengers to Toronto.