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New York La Guardia Airport

New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

New York LaGuardia Airport, abbreviated LGA, is part of the largest airport system in the United States run by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It sees over 24 million passengers a year, making it a smaller airport of the system, but it is still a very significant airport because it is the busiest airport in the United States, handling strictly domestic traffic.

LaGuardia Airport is located right on the edge of Queens in northern New York City. This airport is the domestic hub for Delta Airlines.


The site of the airport was originally an amusement park, but was made into a private flying field in 1929. It was originally named the Glenn H. Curtiss Airport. Shortly after this, it became known as North Beach Airport.

The airport was rebuilt in Queens starting in 1937. Upon its completion in 1939, it took on the name New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia. International travel halted when Idlewild airport, which would later be the John F. Kennedy International Airport, was started. The Port of New York Authority took over the airport in 1947. In 1953 it finally took on the current name, LaGuardia Airport.

The airport became subject to a perimeter rule in the mid-1980s that prevented flights of over 1,500 miles. Denver was the only exception. The airport experienced many overcrowding problems all the way through the turn of the century. Eventually, the overcrowding problems slowed down to a much more manageable level, though.


* Dining
* Shopping
* Security
* Dental office
* Shoe shine service
* Currency exchange
* Limited mobility accessible
* Wi-Fi
* Airport Hotels


Parking at LaGuardia airport is very safe and secure, with great rates. Fees are payable by cash or credit. There are also programs that make payment ahead of time possible so that passengers can get to their planes much more quickly. The Thanks Again program allows frequent flyer miles to be accumulated through parking as well.

There are both short term and long term parking areas, all with easy access to the terminals. Metered parking is available at one of the terminals. There are also restricted mobility areas located to make limited mobility passengers able to get to the terminals easily. There are electric vehicle charging stations as well.

Surrounding Area

There are many ways that you can get into the rest of New York City to enjoy whatever you came to see. You can rent a car and drive there if you like, but you can also take advantage of a plethora of public transportation available for you.

There is a shuttle bus that departs from the airport every 30 minutes called the NYC Airporter. It takes you to Grand Central Station and Penn Station.

You can take the New York City buses as well. There are many bus lines to choose from. Some will even take you right to the New York City subway. If you want, you can also call for a taxi to take you where you want to go.

Contact Information

LaGuardia Airport,
Hangar 7 Center,
Third Floor,
New York 11371,
Number of Terminals: 5
Telephone: 718 533 3400
Fax: 718 533 3421
Time Zone: GMT - 5 (GMT- 4 from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October)

Location: The airport is located 13km (8 miles) east of New York City
IATA airport code: LGA