New York City’s LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports are both undergoing major transformations that will increase the number of available terminals and give travelers more dining and shopping options than ever before.
An $8 billion expansion is well underway at LaGuardia. In June 2016 work began at the airport’s Terminal B, which will be completely replaced by a new 1.3 million-square-foot building with 35 gates. The new terminal is expected to open to the public in 2019. The second half of the expansion project will connect Terminals C and D—currently operated by Delta Air Lines—to the rest of the airport. Construction should be complete by 2021. The governor’s office has selected a design team for a proposed redevelopment project at JFK that would cost an estimated $10 billion. The ambitious project would improve airport flow by expanding some of the newer terminals as well as relocate several older ones. Improvements to security, parking and roadways are also on the agenda.
In December 2016 work began to transform the historic TWA terminal at JFK into the 505-room TWA Hotel. The project will carefully preserve the iconic structure, which was designed by noted architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1962. Guest rooms will be located in two six-story wings that will connect to Terminal 5. The original building will house the new hotel's lobby, a 10,000-square-foot observation deck and eight bars and restaurants, including a food hall that will showcase Brooklyn- and Queens-based vendors. The hotel is expected to open in 2019.