A Guide to LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

20.05.21 05:52 PM Comment(s) By Cars Staff

New York City
LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is the smallest of the three major New York airports, alongside John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in Queens and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey, situated in East Elmhurst, Queens. The airport got its name from NY’s former mayor Fiorello La Guardia in 1953. It is spread over 680 acres and is considered as 20th busiest airport in the US, serving around 20 million passengers on annual basis. 

LGA is largely considered New York’s domestic airport and its only international flights are to and from Canada. Each day LGA welcomes passengers in thousands, arriving in NYC and departing to cities throughout the USA. Although the airport is undergoing major development that began in 2016, even it stays open and offers comprehensive amenities and services for travelers.

Quick Info about LGA Airport

Website

Terminals

4 (A, B, C, and D)

Location

LaGuardia Road and 94th Street, Queens, NY 11371

Opened

December 2, 1939

Managed By

The Port Authority of NY & NJ

Contact:+1 718-533-3400

Passengers Served

Over 20 million annually

Distance to Times Square

A taxi to Times Square will take approximately 30 minutes

Distance From Midtown Manhattan

8 miles (13 km)

For general parking inquires: (347) 468-3928

General parking inquiries: (347) 468-3928
Request a parking extension over 30 days: (718) 533-3850

Flight Information

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Map of LaGuardia Airport:

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Things to Know Before You Visit

LGA consists of 4 separate terminals, including A, B, C, and D. With 4 concourses, Terminal B is the largest one. The site on which LaGuardia Airport is built was originally used by the Gala Amusement Park. In 1929, the construction of LaGuardia started on this site. New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia took steps to use LaGuardia as a commercial airport. That’s why it is named after him. The redevelopment of the airport was started by The Port Authority of NY & NJ in 2016 after its criticism of outdated facilities and lack of cleanliness. It will complete in 2022 resulting in completely replacing the existing airport. There is free Wi-Fi available throughout the airport and the network is "_Free LGA WiFi.

LaGuardia Airport Terminals

With major four terminals A, B, C, and D, the airport has a total of 86 gates at LaGuardia Airport. The terminals are all connected by buses and walkways. LGA’s terminals are spread out from each other, only Terminals C and Terminals D are directly connected. Visitors can find parking facilities close to each terminal. Terminals C and Terminals D shares a lot of parking.

Terminal A or Marine Air Terminal (MAT)

Terminal A is situated on the west side of the airport and is solely occupied by JetBlue. It was initially constructed to manage seaplane operations.

Airlines Operating from LGA at Terminal A

  • JetBlue Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines

Airport Shops

No Airport shop is available at Terminal A except MetroCard Machines.

Lounges

There are no Lounges available at Terminal A.

Dining

  • Salotto - Departure Gates
You can dine at the Salotto restaurant at Terminal A. Go and Grab facility is also available at Salotto.

Airport Information

Welcome Center - Arrivals

ATMs

  • Travelex ATM - Departure Gates
  • Travelex ATM - Baggage Claim

Charging Station

Charging Stations - Departure Gates

Nursing Suites

Mamava Nursing Pod - Departure Gates

Medical Office

There is no medical office available at Terminal A.

Service Animal & Pet Relief

There is no animal and pet relief area available at Terminal A.

Terminal B or Central Terminal Building (CTB)

New York City

Terminal B is situated in the central area of the airport, the largest of all terminals having three concourses, including the Eastern Concourse and Concourses C and Concourses D. It is the busiest terminal of LaGuardia airport. In June 2020, a major redevelopment underwent and its new departure and arrivals areas were unveiled. Now, the terminal has 4 levels, a brand new concessions level with shops and restaurants.

  • Level 1 - Ground Transportation
  • Level 2 - Baggage Claim
  • Level 3 - Ticketing and Check-In
  • Level 4 - Shops and Restaurants

Airlines Operating from LGA at Terminal B

  • American Airlines
  • American Shuttle
  • Air Canada
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines

Lounges

There are no Lounges available at Terminal B.

Shop

New York City

There are several shopping options available at terminal B whether you want to purchase books, child care items, duty-free goods or travel essentials, and gifts for your loved ones.

  • Travel Essentials - District Market - Gates 40 – 59
  • Travel Essentials - Hudson - Gates 40 – 59
  • Travel Essentials - Hudson News - Gates D2 and D5, Gates 40 – 59
  • Travel Essentials - Mad Ave Market - Level 4
  • Travel Essentials - NYC Aglow - Level 2
  • Travel Essentials - The Bowery Bay Shops - Level 4
  • Metro Card - MetroCard Machine
  • Gifts & Souvenirs - Mad Ave Market - Level 4
  • Gifts & Souvenirs - NYC Aglow - Level 2
  • Gifts & Souvenirs - Gotham News - Gates 24 – 30
  • Books & Magazines - McNally Jackson - Gates 40 – 59
  • Convenience Shopping - NYC Aglow - Level 2
  • Convenience Shopping - The Bowery Bay Shop - Level 4
  • Family Friendly - NYC Aglow - Level 2
  • Family Friendly - Park - Gates 40 - 59

Dining

You can find several eateries at Terminal B. We have narrowed some of the best restaurants & bars for you by Terminal B. 
  • Dos Toros Taqueria - Level 4
  • Green Leaf's - Level 4
  • Bar 212 - Gates 40 - 59
  • Junior’s - Level 4z
  • Shake Shack - Gates 40 – 59
  • Tap & Pour - Pier D
  • Tony & Benny’s - Level 4
  • Wendy's - Level 4

ATMs

  • Bank of America ATM - Level 1, 2, 3
  • Bank of America ATM - Level 4, Pier D, Gates 40 – 59

Charging Stations

Charging Station - All Departure Gates

Nursing Suites

Mamava Nursing Pod - Pier D, Gate D6

Medical Office

NYC Health & Hospitals COVID Testing Facility - Terminal B Garage

Service Animal & Pet Relief

Pet Relief Area - Curbside Level 1, Level 4, Gates 40 - 59

Terminal C

New York City

Terminal C is situated on the east side of the LGA. it is connected to Terminal D with a secure area via a pedestrian walkway. It consists of 25 gates, C12, C15-C18, C20, C21, C23, C24, C26, C28-C32, C34-C39, and C41-C44.

Airlines Operating from LGA at Terminal C

  • Delta Airlines
  • Delta Shuttle Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Spirit 
  • WestJet

Lounges

Delta Sky Club - Gate C26

Shops

  • Visitors can find travel essentials, gifts & souvenirs, and child care supplies shops at Terminal C.
  • Travel Essentials, Gifts & Souvenirs, Child Care Supplies - Cibo Express Gourmet Market - Food 
  • Travel Essentials, Gifts & Souvenirs - Cotto Market - Gate C30

Dining

New York City
You can find several eateries at Terminal C. We have narrowed some of the best restaurants, coffee & tea stops, grab & go, and children’s food stops for you by Terminal C.
  • Restaurants, Coffee & Tea, Children’s Menu - Cotto - Gate C30
  • Restaurants, Children’s Menu - Custom Burgers - Food Hall Gates C28 - C29
  • Grab & Go, Coffee & Tea - World Bean - Food Hall Gates C28 - C29
  • Grab & Go, Children’s Menu - Artichoke - Food Hall Gates C28 - C29

ATMs

Travelex ATM - Multiple locations

Medical Office 

There is no medical office available at Terminal C.

Nursing Suites

  • Mamava Nursing Pod - Between Gates C28 - C29
  • Mamava Nursing Pod - Gate C14

Charging Station

There is no charging station available at Terminal C.

Pet Relief Areas

There is no animal and pet relief area available at Terminal C.

Terminal D

New York City

Terminal D is situated on the east side of the airport. It is connected to Terminal C via a pedestrian walkway. Delta has two Sky Clubs, in Terminal C and Terminal D.

Airlines Operating from LGA at Terminal D

Delta Airlines

Lounges

  • Delta Sky Club - Gate C28
  • Since Delta flies out of both C and D terminals, it makes its passengers’ live a little bit easier by hosting a Sky Club in both locations.

Shops

  • At Terminal D, you will find shopping options, including travel essentials, gifts & souvenirs, and child care supplies,
  • Travel Essentials, Grab & Go, Books & Magazines - Cibo Express Gourmet Market - Food Hall

Dining

  • Your dining needs can be fulfilled at Terminal D because of the availability of several eatery options. We have sorted them for you.
  • Travel Essentials, Grab & Go, Books & Magazines - Cibo Express Gourmet Market - Food Hall
  • Restaurants - Flatiron Tavern & Provisions - Gates 92 – 98
  • Grab & Go, Coffee & Tea - H&H Bagels (AM) - Gates 92 – 98
  • Restaurants, Bar - Rossi Pizzeria - Gates 92 - 98

ATMs

Travelex ATM - Multiple locations

Nursing Suites

Mamava Nursing Pod - Near TSA Checkpoint

Charging Station

There is no charging station available at Terminal D.

Service Animal & Pet Relief

There is no animal and pet relief area available at Terminal D.

Medical Office 

There is no medical office available at Terminal D.

Hotels Located Near LGA Airport

New York City

Terminal D is situated on the east side of the airport. It is connected to Terminal C via a pedestrian walkway. Delta has two Sky Clubs, in Terminal C and Terminal D.

Airway Inn

82-20 Astoria Blvd, East Elmhurst, NY 11370

tel. (800) 356-0250
tel. (718) 565-5100

Comfort Inn and Suites

60-30 Maurice Avenue, Maspeth, NY 11378

tel. (718) 457-5555
tel. (877) 424-6423
WEBSITE

Places to Visit near LaGuardia Airport

If you have just arrived at the airport or long waiting hours for your next flight, you can visit these nearby places. You just need to make a booking on Cars and chauffeurs will make your visit more comfortable and enjoyable.

Public Transportation

Bus Service

New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) buses provide service between LaGuardia Airport, Manhattan, Queens, and beyond with connection to the subway, Long Island Rail Road, and Metro-North Railroad. MetroCards can be purchased at MetroCard vending machines located throughout LaGuardia Airport terminals. Passengers using MetroCards get a free transfer from their bus to the subway.

Airport Shuttle Bus

Airport shuttle bus service is complimentary and available between all terminals, parking lots, rental car facilities, and car service pick-up areas. Buses arrive approximately every 10 minutes but this frequency may vary with traffic conditions.

Taxi

Visitors can find metered taxis from outside all terminals A, B, and C to New York City.

For Hire Vehicle Trips

If you have booked your Uber/Lyft or your luxurious ride with ‘Cars’, a special area is assigned to board your cab for each terminal.

Terminal A

The passenger pick-up area is located directly outside of Terminal A.

Terminal B

The passenger pick-up area is located on Level 2 of the Parking Garage, located adjacent to Terminal B. For your assistance “Car Services” signs are also there to guide you.

Terminal C

The pick-up areas are located at Terminal C arrivals outer lane on “Ground” level. For your assistance “Car Services” signs are also there to guide you.

Terminal D

The pick-up areas are located at Terminal D arrivals inner lane at “Ground” level. your assistance “Car Services” signs are also there to guide you.

Parking 

New York City

LaGuardia Airport offers daily parking. You can also book your parking space in advance. You can pay parking fees by a variety of payment methods available. The service of Airport Shuttle Bus is free which you can use for reaching any terminal or parking lot.

Terminal A

The parking lot is located closest to the Terminal and make sure that you have your credit/debit card because cash payments are not accepted here. 

Terminal B

The parking of Terminal B is covered and located closest to the Terminal. You can also access the garage through the arrival or departure level. You can use E-ZPass at this terminal when you're exiting as cash is no longer accepted.

Terminal C/D

The parking lot is located closest to Terminals C and D. Here, cash is not accepted in exit lanes so don’t forget to carry your credit/debit card.

Other Amenities Available at LaGuardia Airport

Restrooms

Restrooms and water fountains are accessible throughout terminals.

Customer Care

If you need any assistance, customer care executives are ready for your help in Red Jackets.

Wheelchair Services

Wheelchair and other special arrangements must be arranged through your airline before your flight.

Final Thoughts

After the airport's criticism of outdated facilities and lack of cleanliness in 2016 by passengers and politicians, LaGuardia got a welcome relief that it is getting the face-lift it so desperately needs from June 2020 and will complete in 2022 resulting in completely replacing the existing airport. The airport has got now 72 new gates, 2 new arrival and departure halls, improvements in rail from the airport to Manhattan. 

With its proximity to Manhattan compared to JFK, passengers looking to fly domestically can find LGA as a primary choice, when the renovations will be completed.
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