The New Terminal B
The LaGuardia Terminal B project – valued at $5.1B (including $4B in construction value) is the largest public-private partnership in US aviation history. The redevelopment includes a new 35-gate terminal, a Central Hall, a parking garage, related roadways and supporting infrastructure – all with innovative construction phasing, including building over-top of the current operation, that has allowed the original terminal to remain fully functional while the new is built. And as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision, the Central Hall will unify the airport by connecting to Terminal C, which is also being redeveloped and the LaGuardia AirTrain.
LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) is the private entity selected by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to operate and redevelop Terminal B at LaGuardia. LGP is composed of Vantage Airport Group, Skanska, Meridiam, and JLC Infrastructure for development and equity investment. Vantage Airport Group leads the redevelopment program and management of Terminal B, with Skanska Walsh as the design build joint venture, with HOK and WSP for design.
The Arrivals & Departures Hall for the new Terminal B opened in June 2020 and is where departing passengers check-in, pass through security, experience dynamic new shops, restaurants and services and where arriving passengers pick up their checked baggage. The building connects directly- via a pedestrian bridge built over top of the original terminal- to the new eastern concourse gates, which opened in December 2018. A second bridge will be added in 2021. Work continues on the final piece of the new Terminal B – the western concourse, which will open its first 7 (of 17) gates later in 2020.
With the opening of the Arrivals & Departures Hall, approximately 80% of the new Terminal B is now complete. Demolition of the original terminal and the opening of the remaining gates of the concourses will continue through 2022.
This state-of-the-art facility is opening during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a dramatic decrease in passenger volumes, not all shops, restaurants and services will initially open, but will become available as passenger volumes increase and COVID-19 operating restrictions are relaxed.