NEWS Last modified on November 30, 2018

First phase of $5.1 billion transformation of LaGuardia's Terminal B completed

Vantage Airport Group is celebrating the completion of a new concourse at LaGuardia Airport, the first phase of the $5.1 billion transformation of Terminal B.

The global airport operator investor is a lead member of the team redeveloping the airport's Terminal B.

Designed as a common-use facility to facilitate operational efficiency, the new concourse features the first 11 of 35 new gates at Terminal B, spacious seating areas with charging stations throughout, soaring ceilings up to 55 feet in height and other architectural elements inspired by New York’s vibrancy and verticality.

Thoughtfully designed restrooms with spacious stalls, a children’s play area with interactive games, park space and a world-class selection of the best in New York food, beverage and retail offerings round out the experience.

Along with overseeing construction to ensure delivery of this milestone through its on-site project management team and best practices, Vantage has been focused on preparing the concourse operationally and commercially for the first day of operations, scheduled for December 1, 2018. 
To do so, Vantage has implemented its proprietary Operational Readiness and Transition (ORAT) programme, which ensures that all airport stakeholders are ready and equipped to manage, operate and maintain a new facility from day one.

Planning for this transition began more than two years ago, immediately after LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) assumed the lease and operation of Terminal B.

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, as well as dual pedestrian bridges spanning active taxi lanes, a first in the world.
LGP was selected in 2016 by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and LaGuardia operator, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), 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,” says George Casey, chair and CEO, Vantage Airport Group.

“Vantage is very proud of our role as lead investor, overseeing the construction programme and managing and operating Terminal B.

"This milestone is the first of many that will entirely transform the experience at LaGuardia for passengers, airlines and employees.“



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