Delta to consolidate New York-LGA operation in Terminals C and D

From Delta Air Lines:

In support of the Port Authority’s efforts to accommodate the ongoing rebuilding of LaGuardia Airport in New York, Delta will consolidate its New York-LGA operation in Terminals C and D, a significant step toward the construction of Delta’s own state-of-the-art facility at the airport.

Beginning Dec. 9, Delta Shuttle flights to Chicago and Washington, D.C., will relocate from the Marine Air Terminal to Terminal C, where customers will enjoy enhanced amenities while retaining the distinct Delta Shuttle product. Shuttle flights from LaGuardia to Boston already operate from Terminal C.

Delta is one of six airlines to change terminals at the airport later this year. The consolidation of carriers’ flight operations will streamline customer travel and make airfield movements more efficient while facilitating the continuation of work to transform the 78-year-old facility into a brand new airport.

​”Consolidating our operation at LaGuardia is one of the first significant steps toward Delta’s future $3.9 billion, 37-gate facility as the airport moves ahead with its historic redevelopment into a completely rebuilt and unified 21st-century transit hub,” said H​enry Kuykendall, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Airport Operations, Northeast.

Delta has invested more than $2 billion in New York airport infrastructure over the past seven years, in addition to the many other investments the airline is making in the customer experience across its system, including in new cabin interiors, Wi-Fi, free entertainment, onboard food and beverage, biometric and RFID technology and much more.

In Terminal C, Shuttle customers will have access to dedicated check-in counters; expedited security with Clear, dedicated TSA Precheck lanes, and a Shuttle security line; a 7,600-square-foot Delta Sky Club; and chef-driven restaurants, an expansive food hall and upscale retail. Shuttle customers will also continue to enjoy:

  • Check-in as close as 15 minutes prior to departure without bags or 30 minutes with checked bags
  • Dedicated gates with access to complimentary coffee and newspapers for all customers
  • Expedited security screening with access to dedicated TSA Precheck lanes and a Shuttle security line
  • Advanced seat selection on all Delta Shuttle flights and complimentary access to Delta Comfort+ seats for SkyMiles Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond Medallion members, when available
  • Three classes of service with complimentary upgrades for SkyMiles Medallion members when available
  • Complimentary onboard snacks including breakfast cookies in the morning before 9:45 a.m. or gourmet nut mix for flights after 9:45 a.m.
  • Complimentary beverages in-flight, including craft beer and wine in all classes of service
  • Complimentary spirits in First Class and Comfort+; available for purchase in economy
  • Access to in-flight Wi-Fi on all Shuttle flights including free messaging
  • Complimentary In-Flight Entertainment on your personal device powered by Delta Studio streaming

Shuttle flights will continue to be operated by Delta Connection partner Republic Airline using E-170 and E-175 aircraft. Weekday flights to Washington will continue departing near the top of the hour beginning at 6 a.m. with 12 peak-day departures between Washington and New York on the November schedule. Flights to Chicago will continue to depart at 15 minutes past the hour beginning at 6:15 a.m. with 14 peak-day departures between Chicago and New York scheduled for November. Weekday flights to Boston will continue departing near the top of the hour beginning at 6 a.m. with 17 peak-day departures between Boston and New York on the November schedule.

Delta Shuttle service from New York to Boston and Washington, D.C., began on Sept. 1, 1991, after Delta completed the purchase of the Pan Am Shuttle. For more than 25 years, the Delta Shuttle has been a core part of its New York operations. In June 2010, Delta added Shuttle service to Chicago-O’Hare. The Delta Shuttle to Boston Logan International Airport relocated to Terminal C in 2014.

Delta is New York’s largest carrier with more than 500 peak-day departures to more than 130 destinations worldwide from its hubs at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport – including more destinations from New York State than any other airline. Delta and its more than 10,000 New York-based employees are part of the fabric of the New York community, acting as the official airline of not only Madison Square Garden, but also the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Chelsea Piers and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The airline also partners with more than 40 community organizations. In 2017, Delta paid out more than $119 million in profit sharing to its New York employees and committed to contributing 1 percent of its net income from the previous year to k​ey charitable organizations, including organizations in New York.​

From the Port Authority:

Starting December 9, American, Delta, JetBlue, Alaska, Frontier and Spirit will relocate to improve the travel experience, minimize inconvenience and reduce delays

Changes will consolidate JetBlue and Alaska in Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal), American in Terminal B, Delta in Terminals C and D and Frontier and Spirit in Terminal D; Goal is to make travel around airport more efficient for passengers

American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and three other airlines will consolidate their flight operations as part of major relocations of airline carriers at LaGuardia Airport beginning Saturday, December 9, an initiative designed to streamline passenger travel in conjunction with ongoing construction to transform the 78-year-old facility into a brand new, unified airport.

Under an agreement reached between the Port Authority and the airlines this week, the following changes will take effect on Saturday, December 9:

  • American will consolidate its operations – including American Airlines Shuttle – at Terminal B, ceasing its flights at Terminal C
  • Delta will co-locate its LaGuardia operations in Terminals C and D by relocating its Delta Shuttle to Chicago and Washington, D.C. from Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) to Terminal C
  • JetBlue and Alaska will move its operations to Terminal A (Marine Air Terminal) from Terminal B
  • Frontier and Spirit also will move from Terminal B and begin operations at Terminal D (Departing passengers, however, must check in at Terminal C.)

LaGuardia is in the midst of a transformation to create a 21st century unified airport, with modern terminal amenities and gates that can accommodate larger aircraft. Consolidation of these six airlines will help further streamline operations and enhance the customer experience at LaGuardia.

“We want to provide LaGuardia’s passengers and employees with ample time to become aware and prepare for these significant changes to existing flight operations,’’ said Lysa Scully, the Port Authority’s general manager at LaGuardia Airport. “We are working with our airline partners to make the terminal consolidation changes as convenient as possible for our passengers as they navigate the airport during this exciting – but extremely busy – time in LaGuardia’s storied history.”

Consolidation of aircraft operations for American and Delta will help make airfield movements more efficient, helping to reduce on-the-ground delays. It also will improve the experience for passengers. All of American’s customers, for example, will be dropped off, checked in and picked up at Terminal B regardless of where they are flying to or from. Delta Shuttle customers in Terminal C will have access to amenities that include a 7,600-square-foot Delta Sky Club, chef-driven restaurants, an expansive food hall, and upscale retail.

The ongoing $8 billion transformation of the 680-acre LaGuardia Airport – nearly 75 percent of it financed by private capital – will create an entirely new airport with a state-of-the-art unified facility. The redevelopment includes a revamped on-airport and access roadway network, with planning underway for a new AirTrain LaGuardia connection to provide convenient, direct rail access to the airport.

The Port Authority and LaGuardia Gateway Partners are advancing a $4 billion public-private partnership to replace the deteriorating and outmoded Terminal B that opened in 1964 into a state-of-the-art new Terminal B. The world-class project is designed to move LaGuardia into the future with superior customer amenities, increased passenger capacity and reduced congestion.

Delta has committed $3.4 billion to build a new 21st century passenger terminal to replace the existing Terminals C and D, with a $600 million investment from the Port Authority to help cover costs of the project and related supporting infrastructure.

Together, the new terminals will be unified and located closer to the Grand Central Parkway, allowing more airfield room for taxiing aircraft and gate space for modern aircraft. The structure will add terminal space and a Central Hall, linking the new Terminal B to Delta’s future new terminal on the airport’s eastern end.

Below is a chart further outlining the upcoming changes:

Airline Terminal
Current Future (Effective Dec. 9)
American Airlines B/C B
American Shuttle C B
Delta Shuttle (All) A/C C
JetBlue B A
Alaska Airlines B A
Frontier Airlines B Departures – C
Arrivals – D
Spirit Airlines B Departures – C
Arrivals – D

Travelers are urged to allow extra time and use mass transit to travel to the airport. Updates on traffic and parking can be found by visiting http://laguardiaairport.com/.

For more about LGA On the Move, please visit the LaGuardia site for more information: http://laguardiaairport.com/lgaonthemove/.

For information and real-time updates on airport conditions, visit http://laguardiaairport.com/.

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