Big Terminal Moves at LaGuardia Where American and Delta Appear to Be Consolidating Operations Under One Roof Each

It seems to be like each American and Delta will consolidate terminals at New York LaGuardia subsequent month.

American has been working each out of the Central Terminal (legacy American gates) and the C terminal (legacy US Airways gates) and that appears like it would quickly change.

New York LaGuardia Central Terminal

Delta — which has had a robust presence within the C terminal ever because it picked up a very good chunk of the US Airways operation at LaGuardia — strikes into the gates that American will surrender. They’ll use these gates to consolidate their very own operations and transfer out of the Marine Air Terminal. (Other airways, maybe Alaska and JetBlue, transfer in to the Marine terminal.)

It seems that American might lose two gates within the course of, receiving fewer gates within the Central Terminal than they’re giving up in C. Notably,

  • American has a lounge at present each within the C terminal and the Central Terminal. This will put them down to one lounge at LaGuardia presumably for a similar variety of passengers.
  • However all American passengers may have entry to the American Express Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia which is earlier than safety within the Central terminal.
  • American’s gates will apparently be unfold out within the Central Terminal somewhat than all being on the identical pier, that means that it received’t be handy to join or to entry the American lounge for all flights. Although there’s a shuttle bus connecting piers comparable to Washington National airport the place gates are behind safety on completely different piers (there American has lounges on each piers the place they’ve gates).

American describes their New York operation as ’boutique’ aimed at serving enterprise markets. They aren’t actually operating a connecting operation and a lot of their home routes appear timed in the direction of bringing passengers from different markets to New York somewhat than serving the wants of New Yorkers. They’re retrenching their worldwide flying considerably out of JFK in favor of Philadelphia as nicely.

American Airlines New York JFK

The adjustments at LaGuardia are rumored to be occurring on or about November 12. It’s additional rumored that Delta — which I’d argue is getting the largest profit out of the transfer, consolidating operations in D — is paying the prices of the transfer.

Delta has probably the most juice with the Port Authority as nicely, since they’ve been prepared to fund main renovation prices at the airport although in return they’ll obtain a big earnings stream from concessions going ahead (and have had help as they fight to acquire exceptions or a lifting of the perimeter rule for flights at LaGuardia).

Moving out of the Marine terminal should additionally say one thing about what Delta thinks of the white elephant
plan for ferries to carry passengers from Manhattan and dock at the terminal.

(HT: @JonNYC)

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