LaGuardia is in the midst of a renovation project, and this Sunday United customers using New York-LaGuardia Airport will get to experience the brand new gates on the Terminal B Eastern Concourse. The new concourse area features ceilings up to 55-feet high and as a drastic contrast to the previous experience, feature plenty of natural light.
All customers will have access to thirteen new shops, restaurants and services; all inspired by the best of New York – from the iconic Shake Shack and local Irving Farm Coffee Roasters to an outpost of New York’s famous toy store, FAO Schwarz.
“The move of United and its passengers into the first new concourse at Terminal B marks another key milestone of the $8 billion redevelopment of an entirely new LaGuardia Airport,” said Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. “This is another important step in our ongoing commitment to provide world class facilities that turn Governor Cuomo’s vision for a 21st century LaGuardia into reality. And we are undertaking this comprehensive rebuilding of LaGuardia Airport while continuing full operation at LaGuardia and serving record numbers of passengers.”
The new concourse features ample gate seating, with charging stations throughout the seating area along with free unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi, offered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Additional features include a “park area” complete with greenery and benches, an airport themed children’s play area which contains a 16-foot interactive display and restrooms with spacious stalls and above sink shelves that will keep belongings dry while washing hands.
As part of the terminal redevelopment, United will open its newest United Club on June 2, which will service the airlines’ 40 daily flights from LGA. The lounge is located after security but near United’s five dedicated gates. The new club lounge is fairly expansive too, totalling 10,500 square feet with never-ending views of the tarmac.
The Club, which is 30 percent larger than the prior LGA United Club location, combines ‘the sleek styles of New York City with the modern touches travellers desire’ and features more than 200 seats, which means even during peak travelling times of the day, there should still be plenty of seats available.
Customers can enjoy an expanded food menu including distinctly New York selections such as the iconic New York Bagel provider, Ess-a-Bagel, which will be paired with assorted cream cheese, jams and smokehouse salmon spread, a Greek salad bar and rotating hot foods including oven-baked Neapolitan ziti, fast-fired pesto & goat cheese flatbread and bite sized reuben corned beef with sauerkraut.
There is also a tendered bar, and a second high-table bar, with virtually every seat in the lounge having access to power points. Menu options will rotate throughout the day with hot and cold entrees available all-day. Additional amenities include complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, wellness rooms and phone booths.
It may not be the most impressive of lounges when it comes to decor and design, and certainly isn’t to the same standard as the airline’s Polaris lounges, which are geared towards long-haul Polaris business class passengers, but the lounge is certainly enough to keep these regional-hop flyers satisfied pre-departure. And as for the avgeek in us, we love the black and white archival photography of the airport that decorates the lounge too.