The reconstruction of LaGuardia’s passenger terminals requires many airlines to shift operations. As part of those changes JetBlue is moving in to the Marine Air Terminal as Delta moves to its Terminal C/D complex and American Airlines consolidates into the Central Terminal Building (a/k/a Terminal B). The shifts will take place on 8 December 2017.
JetBlue expects to operate from the Marine Air Terminal until 2022 when the major LaGuardia construction work is completed. The company also expects significant cost savings from operating in the new terminal and, as an added bonus, will benefit from Delta, American and the Port Authority paying for the move and improvements to the space.
In a message to employees JetBlue executives indicated that the Marine Air Terminal will see several improvements, “while being mindful to maintain the facility’s historic character.” These changes include a conversion to the new JetBlue standard lobby arrangement with self-tagging kiosks, an additional security lane and upgraded concessions inside the terminal.
(Nearly) Everyone Wins
For Delta the move is also a significant benefit. While the Shuttle flights theoretically benefit from operation at a dedicated terminal the reality for the carrier is that more passengers are connecting to those routes at LaGuardia. More than three years ago Delta moved its Boston Shuttle flights to the main terminal citing increased connecting flow. At that time the carrier indicated a preference to move all the Shuttle flights into the same terminal as the rest of its operations. Now that will finally come to pass.
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Similarly, American Airlines now can consolidate its operations in a single building rather than split between the legacy US Airways and American terminals. That’s definitely better for the airline in terms of consolidating operations and employees to a single part of the airport. For passengers it is mostly good news, too, though operations will remain split across multiple different TSA security areas within the Central Terminal Building. And it is unlikely we’ll see that change before the construction is completed.
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