Delta Air Lines executives breaks ground for new $160 million LaGuardia terminal project

Posted: April 13, 2012 in Aviation & Airports (General News), USA
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One of the country’s busiest airports is about to get even busier.

Delta Air Lines executives joined with New York City officials Wednesday at LaGuardia Airport to break ground on a $160 million terminal project, ushering in a new era of airport expansion.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (third l.) and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (third r.) help to break ground on the new Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport. Photo courtesy Michael Bloomberg

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (third l.) and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (third r.) help to break ground on the new Delta Terminal at LaGuardia Airport: Photo courtesy Michael Bloomberg

The project includes the construction of a 630-foot connection bridge between the airport’s terminals C and D, allowing customers to walk between terminals without having to go through security again, the airport said. The new bridge marks LaGuardia’s single largest expansion project in more than 40 years, according to Delta. Renovations also include a new Delta Sky Club in Terminal C and expanded security lanes in both terminals.

“This investment will support a major expansion by Delta in the most competitive aviation market in the world,” said Gail Grimmett, senior vice president in New York. “Our goal is to become the preferred carrier for the business traveler in New York.”

Grimmett said the project would create 700 new jobs with an additional 135 construction positions in the process. The project’s completion, scheduled for July 11, will include service to 26 new cities and nearly 100 new daily flights, the airport said.

The work coincides with a $1.2 billion enhancement of Delta’s facilities at John F. Kennedy Airport, the site of an international hub.

Read the full Times Ledger story …..


By Phil Corso:  Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at pcorso@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4573.
©2012 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER GROUP


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