Before this summer, the Brand New Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall in LaGuardia Airport opened to the General Public, marking the Largest milestone so Far from the airport’s Continuing $8 billion transformation. The broad, 850,000-square foot, four-story Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall offers travelers with a 21st century holiday adventure which includes neighborhood concessions, big, modern restrooms and a New York-inspired shopping district. The new Arrivals and Departures Hall stipulates permanent public artwork installations curated from the Public Art Fund, boosting the passenger experience and underscoring New York’s international standing as a beacon for culture and arts. When complete, the new Terminal B will incorporate the Arrivals and Departures Hall, also two pedestrian skybridges and two completely activated concourses using a total of both 35 gates serving American, Southwest, United Airlines and Air Canada.Stewart Steeves, Chief Executive Officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners, stated, “The opening of this Western Concourse is just another landmark that we are proud to have finished in the general redevelopment of Terminal B. We are thankful to our partners for helping us develop a brand-new Terminal B that combines exceptional service for passengers using sustainable and innovative design.”Jim Moses, American Airlines Vice President of Northeast Hubs and Gateways, stated, “Launching operations in the very first phase of the Western Concourse is a landmark moment for American Airlines and brings us nearer to a complete new LGA. The unrivaled, world-class adventure given by the all-new Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall and concourses elevates and transforms the consumer travel from curb-to-gate.”Richard Kennedy, President and CEO, Skanska USA, stated, “We’re thrilled to observe another substantial landmark at LaGuardia Airport, our biggest and among the most complicated projects in Skanska’s history. Opening these gates before schedule having an exceptional safety performance is a testament to the diligence and tireless dedication of the staff, subcontractors and partners—an outstanding effort in light of a worldwide pandemic.”Meeting Member Jeff Aubry stated, “It’s gratifying to see the continuing improvement of the redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport. No more Third World but class.”Acting Borough President Sharon Lee stated, “This new concourse increases our borough’s international competitiveness by providing travelers a serene airport encounter full of all of the conveniences the world’s airline passengers have come to anticipate. Queens commends Governor Cuomo because of his devotion to the visionary $8 billion redevelopment of LaGuardia, a job which has benefitted our borough by producing jobs, scholarships and STEM applications for the neighborhood. This ahead-of-schedule introduction of the Western Concourse is just another landmark in the introduction of a first-class LaGuardia Airport.”Council Member Francisco Moya stated, “The introduction of the new gates at the Western Concourse is an excellent milestone in the transformation of LaGuardia Airport to a world-class transport hub. I applaud Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority’s concentrate on equipping neighborhood and Queens-based companies and artists as we continue to reimagine the airport in addition to making necessary security alterations to keep passengers and workers safe throughout the pandemic.”President of Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York Gary LaBarbera stated, “Today marks yet another major milestone in the redevelopment of the LaGuardia Airport. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for your continued leadership in transforming LaGuardia into the world-class airport that New York deserves, and to all of the skilled union tradesman and tradeswomen whose exceptional work continues to turn the Governor’s vision into a reality. It’s the success of projects like this that shows that New York is ready for what’s next.”CleaningAll regions of the terminal such as the brand new concourse are being washed to the greatest CDC cleaning criteria. High signature coating cleaning teams are onsite and observable by the branded items they use. There’s digital signage during the terminal showing COVID-19 related security measures involving the face covering demand, distancing advice and reminders to wash hands regularly. TSA officials will use face masks and follow rigorous procedures regarding glove usage and sanitization when managing passenger bags. Contactless food delivery and ordering can be obtained with the On Your Gate App.LGP along with the Port Authority continue to check the most recent technologies to stop and restrict the spread of COVID-19, such as testing touchless engineering and UV cleaning technologies on escalator handrails.LaGuardia Redevelopment PlanIn 2015, five years back this week, Governor Cuomo initially introduced his vision for the comprehensive redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport. Under his plan, a new LGA will offer a world class, 21st century passenger encounter featuring modern client conveniences, state-of-the-art architecture, more spacious gate regions along with a unified terminal platform. The $8 billion project, two-thirds of that can be financed through private funding and present passenger charges, broke floor four decades back in 2016.In February 2018, the brand new Terminal B parking garage started with more than 3,000 distances and a committed amount for Uber, Lyft along with other for-hire automobile services. Back in December 2018, the earliest of 18 brand new gates along with also the initial new concourse in Terminal B started. Back in October 2019, the Governor opened the first brand new concourse and seven new gates in Delta Air Lines’ new Root C on the eastern side of the airport. Last month, the Senate opened the new Arrivals and Departures Hall in Terminal B. A contemporary arrivals and departures hall in Terminal C will start in 2022 together with the phased introduction of three extra concourses.Also in October of this past year, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners officially approved the capital needed, pending conclusion of the FAA’s independent environmental inspection, to develop the new AirTrain LGA. Together with Governor Cuomo’s crucial service, the long-awaited AirTrain LGA is on course to take its location at a brand new world-class LaGuardia Airport which will no more be the sole major East Coast airport with no rail connection. AirTrain LGA would join the airport with a brand new station at Willets Point and receive travelers from the automobiles and lower decrease traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. All in all, the LaGuardia job is forecast to create $10 billion in economic activity and $2.5 billion in salary over the life span of this undertaking. As of the introduction of this new Terminal B arrivals and departures hall, LaGuardia Airport contracts with certified minority and women-owned companies, or MWBE, have surpassed $1.4 billion. So far, the project has fulfilled Governor Cuomo’s aim of 30 percentage MWBE participation.Following Governor Cuomo’s eyesight for An Entire New LGA, the Port Authority is working together by local elected officials, stakeholders and Queens residents to make sure local companies, MWBEs and jobseekers make the most of new opportunities as part of LaGuardia Airport’s redevelopment and economic expansion. Since the start of the project, more than $560 million in contracts has been granted to local companies based in Queens. Back in April 2019, Governor Cuomo declared the launching of this new Council for Airport Opportunity (CAO) office in Corona, in partnership with two community-based associations. CAO supplies airport-related recruiting and job placement services to minority and disadvantaged residents in Queens. Back in December 2019, the permanent LaGuardia Redevelopment office opened to the public supplying airport-related recruiting and job placement services to minority and disadvantaged residents at Queens.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has also partnered with Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens and financed 11 full-tuition scholarships for students in local communities to attend Vaughn College. The LaGuardia Redevelopment Program also has partnered with the Queens Public Library to supply a STEM instruction program for neighborhood middle-school pupils, currently in its next year.The new unified airport offering the 21st century client encounter New Yorkers deserve has been built while preserving operations at the present airport. As new facilities have been finished, old centers are demolished, making sure that the airport never loses ability. Even during peak structure, LaGuardia continued to set new records for passenger volume. Eight of the airport 12 busiest times on record happened last summer when terminal and roadway work was at its apex. In 2019, LaGuardia served over 31 million passengers, a 3.1 percent increase over the prior record passenger volume managed in 2018.