LaGuardia Airport’s slow-paced makeover process might speed up soon

30 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

America’s Worst Airport to Get $4 Billion Swedish Massage.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey yesterday took a small but critical step toward relieving travelers of the New York airport as they know it.A $3.6-billion (U.S.) overhaul of the decrepit Central Terminal at New York’s LaGuardia Airport has taken a major step forward with the selection of a team to design, build, operate and maintain the project for 35 years. The project, detailed here, will offer fliers a three- rather than two-level terminal, with 35 gates spread across 1.3 million square feet, up from 835,000 square feet.

The 51-year-old terminal’s leaky ceilings, threadbare atmosphere and meagre food and public transit options have put it at or near the top of lists of the worst airports in the United States. Biden was attempting to highlight America’s decaying infrastructure, which has led to a slow increase of the kind of P3 projects used widely in Britain, Canada and elsewhere. LaGuardia draws persistent scorn on social media, as a New York traveler who flew there on Wednesday from Beijing’s gleaming Capital Airport illustrated by smartphone: About two-thirds of the project’s tab will come from the construction consortium, which will collect fees from the airport over time, in the type of public-private partnership that has become common to many large infrastructure projects. LaGuardia Gateway Partners is led by Vancouver-based Vantage Airport Group and also includes Skanska, Meridiam, Walsh Construction, HOK and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

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