Laguardia Airport (LGA)

About LaGuardia


Conveniently located eight miles from midtown Manhattan in the borough of Queens, New York, LaGuardia Airport serves millions of people each year.

Since 1947, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has operated LaGuardia under a lease with New York City. The airport sits on 680 acres, has two 7,000 ft main runways and four terminal buildings that house up to 72 aircraft gates.

In 2015, LaGuardia handled 28.4 million passengers. The airport also employs 11,000 people and generates more than $15.6 billion to the economy.

The terminals at LaGuardia Airport are open to the public from 4am to 11pm daily.

What We Do

As the airport’s operator, The Port Authority invests billions of dollars to improve and enhance the airport’s infrastructure while also managing the areas that make the airport function smoothly for its customers and industry partners.

The Port Authority oversees the airport’s roadways, parking, and utilities, remove snow during winter weather, and ensure the airfield remains safe, secure and efficient.

Operations and Maintenance staff work alongside business partners that include airlines, retailers and concessionaires to provide the traveling public a pleasant airport experience.

The Port Authority Police Department works closely with law enforcement partners that include the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide the highest levels of security.

Our History

Opened in 1939, LaGuardia Airport was built on the site of the old Gala Amusement Park at a cost of $40 million.

Once called the Overseas Terminal, and then the Marine Air Terminal, Terminal A was the original airport terminal building, serving international flights throughout the 1940s. In 1995, the terminal was designated a historic landmark.

Terminal B, also know as the Central Terminal Building, opened in 1964 followed by Terminals C and D in 1983 and 1992.

Today, LaGuardia Airport handles millions of passengers, millions of tons of cargo and is an important economic engine for the New York-New Jersey region.

Our Future

At just eight miles from midtown Manhattan, LaGuardia Airport is a central, accessible transportation hub for millions of people and goods.

As demand for air travel continues, an extensive redevelopment program is coming to LaGuardia to create world-class airport facilities for passengers and airlines alike.

Some of the major improvements include replacing Terminal B, adding more taxiways and passenger walkways to reduce connection delays and enhancing food and retail offerings. To learn more about what’s in store, visit our redevelopment section.