If you’re from New York or have traveled through the New York City area, you’ll know that LaGuardia Airport isn’t exactly a desirable location to fly into. Former Vice President Joe Biden even referred to the airport as “feeling like a third world country.” However, travelers are about to change their opinion about this notorious NYC airport. 

J.D. Power released a survey in 2019, ranking LaGuardia airport as the worst large airport in the United States. Four billion dollars later, LaGuardia’s Central Terminal has been transformed into a beautiful art-filled space. 

The 56-year-old terminal will reopen this Saturday despite the current COVID-19 pandemic. According to The New York Times,
“The number of passengers using LaGuardia and other airports that serve New York City has dropped by about 95 percent since the virus swept through the region.”

Plans to replace Central Terminal has been in the works for a decade. 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made it his mission to rebuild NYC’s airports and celebrated the opening with a small ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday — all attendees were wearing masks. 

Governor Cuomo referred to the new terminal as “really breathtaking” and hopes it attracts more travelers to boost New York State’s economy. In the past, the Governor shared that it [LaGuardia Airport] was an “embarrassment” to the city and the state.

The drop in travelers at LaGuardia Airport because of the pandemic was beneficial to the construction of the roadways at the airport by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Construction to LaGuardia Airport isn’t over yet — Delta Air Lines will be building a replacement for a terminal that is scheduled to open at the end of 2021. 

According to Cuomo, when LaGuardia’s renovations are fully completed, it will be the first new big-city airport in the U.S. — Denver International Airport was the last major airport to open, which was 25 years ago. 

Renovations to LaGuardia Airport “should have been done decades and decades and decades ago. It’s long overdue,” says Cuomo. 

Fortunately for us, when travel resumes, we will have a new travel experience to look forward to.