Port Authority calls for LaGuardia to be demolished

New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, one of the nation’s busiest with about 26 million passengers and around 20,000 tonnes of short and medium haul mail and cargo annually, is so outdated that it should be completely demolished and rebuilt, a Port Authority official saidrecently according to Reuters. The airport, located in the borough of Queens, […]


New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, one of the nation’s busiest with about 26 million passengers and around 20,000 tonnes of short and medium haul mail and cargo annually, is so outdated that it should be completely demolished and rebuilt, a Port Authority official saidrecently according to Reuters.

The airport, located in the borough of Queens, is managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, but its current capital plan only has enough money for modest upgrades which fall short of the full modernisation that is needed, according to Port Authority executive director Chris Ward.

The airport offers passengers a “chaotic” experience, he said, partly because the security required in a post- September 11, 2001, world has had to be added to buildings that were erected over several decades. One such building, the designated historic landmark Marine Air Terminal, was used for international travel by seaplanes in the 1940s.

“LaGuardia should not be the gateway for fliers into New York City; it should fundamentally be torn down and rebuilt again,” Ward said. Asked if the agency would consider a privatisation of the airport, Ward told reporters: “At this point, it would be foolish to rule out any funding option.”