LaGuardia Airport Should Build ‘Great Hall,’ Design Panel Says

A panel advising New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on redesigning New York City’s airports is recommending that LaGuardia Airport unify its four terminals and create a central “Great Hall” to serve as its primary entry.

The panel also recommended that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates the airport, consider an automated people mover and an airport hotel with 100 to 200 rooms, the agency’s executive director said today.

Cuomo’s airport redesign effort, announced in October, has delayed the Port Authority’s plans to rebuild Terminal B, LaGuardia’s 50-year-old central building. The transportation agency is asking two groups that are bidding to build and operate a new $3.6 billion central terminal to respond to the panel’s recommendations and determine what a main entrance hall may cost by May 11. The Port Authority will select a preferred bidder for the new terminal at its May 28 meeting.

“Everything is going to be done to position ourselves to be in a position at the May meeting to make a designation,” said Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye.

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