Often regarded as one of the worst airports in the country, LaGuardia Airport in New York is hoping to upgrade their not-so-stellar reputation with last month’s announcement of a $4 billion makeover. What LaGuardia now lacks in features, it will soon make up for in a new state-of-the art facility, all while creating approximately 8,000 jobs. Greater connectivity to and from the airport is a major focus; there are plans to create new air trains that will connect commuters to the Long Island Railroad and also provide easier inter-terminal access for travelers.
The demolition and rebuild of Terminal B and the central hall will also be a main focus, aiming to bring the best in retail, food and beverage, and amenities to travelers. While two-thirds of the total cost will come from the private sector, the project’s emphasis on infrastructure development makes it one of North America’s most significant public-private partnerships. The airport will remain open throughout reconstruction and is projected to be completed within five years, although many experts doubt the accuracy of this timeline.