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LaGuardia has a long and storied history. The airport site was first occupied by the Gala Amusement Park, a popular destination owned by the Steinway family. In 1929, the park was transformed into a 105-acre private flying field and first named Glenn H. Curtiss Airport after aviation pioneer Glenn H. Curtiss, and then re-named North Beach Airport.

In 1937, New York City took over the airport and enlarged the grounds with the purchase of adjoining land and by filling in 357 acres of waterfront along the east side. In 1939, it re-opened with a new name, New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field. The airport was leased to the Port Authority in 1947.

Today, LaGuardia Airport is one of the busiest in the nation, handling more than 23 million passengers in 2008.

Facts & Information

Operated by the Port Authority
LaGuardia has been operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, under a lease with the City of New York, since June 1, 1947. In 2004, the Port Authority and the City of New York concluded an agreement that ensures the agency's continued operation of LaGuardia and JFK International through 2050.

LaGuardia is located in the borough of Queens, New York City, bordering on Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay. The airport is 8 miles from midtown Manhattan.

LaGuardia consists of 680 acres and can accommodate up to 76 aircraft gates.

LaGuardia was originally constructed by the city of New York at a cost of $40 million. The Port Authority's total capital investment in the airport to date is $1.4 billion.

Employment and Economic Impact
LaGuardia Airport employs about 8,000 people. The airport contributes more than $11.6 in economic activity to the NY/NY region, generating about 93,000 jobs and $4.2 billion in annual wages and salaries.

LaGuardia has four main terminals.

  • Central Terminal Building
    Central Terminal Building (CTB) was dedicated on April 17, 1964. This terminal serves most of the airport's scheduled domestic airlines. It is 1,300 feet long and 180 feet wide, with approximately 750,000 square feet of floor space. Originally constructed at a cost of $36 million, the six-block-long terminal consists of a four-story central section, two three-story wings and four concourses that can accommodate up to 40 aircraft gate positions.
  • US Airways Terminal 
    Opened in September 1992 and costing $200 million, the US Airways Terminal comprises approximately 300,000 square feet of space which is shared between a 12-gate main section and a 8-gate shuttle section. The main section features a food, retail, and concessions court and a Welcome Center on the arrivals level. The shuttle section serves passengers on hourly flight to Boston and Washington , D.C.
  • Delta Air Lines Terminal 
    Delta Air Lines Terminal was constructed by Delta Air Lines at the east end of the airport. The terminal opened in June 1983. It has 10 aircraft gate positions.
  • Marine Air Terminal/Terminal A 
    Once called the Overseas Terminal, and then the Marine Air Terminal, Terminal A was the original airport terminal building, serving international flights on flying boats through the 1940s. In 1995, the Marine Air Terminal was designated a historic landmark. On September 1, 1991, Delta began shuttle operations to Boston and Washington, D.C. The terminal also houses a private weather service.

The airport provides more than 4.900 public parking spaces, including a 2,900 space, five-level parking garage; E-ZPass Plus in all parking lots; Express Pay machines in Lots 2, 4 and 5; and a 55-space metered lot. Additionally, approximately 1,700 parking spaces are available for airport employees in an employee parking lot.

There are two main runways, 4-22 and 13-31. Each is 7,000 feet long by 150 feet wide. In a $40 million project completed in 1967 by the Port Authority, both runways were extended over water to their present length and width. The runways have high-intensity runway edge lighting, centerline and taxiway exit lighting. Runways are grooved to improve skid resistance and minimize hydroplaning. Touch down zone lighting (TDZ) was added on Runway 13-31 in 2005 and on Runway 4-22 in 2009, both as part of the runways' rehabilitation programs.

LaGuardia Airport Statistics over the Years

Year Plane Movements Passengers Air Cargo (tons) Air Mail (tons)
1949 159,465 3,284,213 36,061 13,585
1960 191,736 2,935,613 58,313 10,557
1970 297,652 11,845,141 39,815 24,119
1980 317, 633 17,467,962 35,257 47,654
1990 356,358 22,764,604 70,792 58,033
2000 384,554 25,360,034 20,195 58,254
2001 367,871 22,519,874 16,474 43,771
2002 362,649 21,986,679 11,709 23,818
2003 374,952 22,482,770 12,333 18,981
2004 398,957 24,435,619 14,096 15,219
2005 405,175 25,889,390 16,006 10,296
2006 399,827 25,810,603 13,998 5,718
2007 391,547 24,985,264 9,595 2,087
2008 378,908 23,076,903 8,889 2,635
2009 354,048 22,142,336 6,712 1,349
2010 361,616 23,983,082 7,516 585

(Laguardia International Airport)