The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is eyeing a 2014 start to construction of a replacement for the cramped, outdated Central Terminal Building at La Guardia Airport.
The authority is seeking proposals from private terminal operators, bankers and consultants to finance, design and build a replacement terminal, according to a request for information issued quietly last month.
The current terminal has a semicircular concourse feeding out into four hallways with arrival and departure gates. The authority proposes replacing that with a three-level front terminal leading to three parallel "finger piers" that would be more spacious for passengers, shops and restaurants and give planes more room to maneuver.
The Port Authority wants that building to be designed in a way that would allow for a rail connection, in case the city and state ever find a way to pay for one and figure out where to put it.
This is a positive step forward, they are looking at their financing options. The Port Authority will pursue similar options with the new Terminal A at EWR:
Mr. Foye said the authority plans to issue a similar request for information soon to seek ideas for how to overhaul Newark Liberty International Airport's Terminal A.
In order to balance out the Bi-State agency's capital expeditures it's almost assured that a new LGA CTB will be approved together with a new Terminal A at EWR at the same board meeting. Same occured with AA and CO's mega terminal projects which were both approved at the same PA Board Meeting in 1999. Same with the remodeling at Terminal B at EWR which was approved at the same meeting as the new B6 T5.
Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757