New Space Redefines LGA Terminal Experience - United Hub

New space redefines LGA terminal experience

By The Hub team, May 30, 2019

Part of a $4 billion plan to redevelop the airport's central terminal and roadways, the redevelopment work on New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) officially kicked off this year. When completed, the terminal refresh will completely redefine the travel experience at LGA. The new terminal will offer ample space, lighting, free unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the airport plus best-in-class retail, food and beverage, and amenities that will more than double the current number of offerings. In addition, there will be new gates for United travelers and a brand-new United ClubSM.

Photos courtesy of LaGuardia Gateway Partners

State-of-the-art architecture and curated food and retail options

The new terminal will include plenty of sunlight with 55' high ceilings, a pedestrian bridge connecting the main part of the terminal to island concourses (a first of its kind) and a park area inside the terminal that will include greenery and benches, inspired by NYC's own parks, for travelers to sit and relax before their flight. New food and beverage options were carefully selected and include the best of what New York has to offer.

Among the new food and beverage offerings:

  • Global phenomenon and New York-based, burger joint Shake Shack
  • Chef Julian Medina's "quick serve" Mexican eatery, La Chula Bar and Taqueria
  • From acclaimed restaurateur Chef Scott Conant comes Osteria Fusco serving up house-made pastas and soulful Italian cooking
  • Founded at the Viceroy Central Park, Kingside will be the first airport collaboration from hospitality firm, Gerber Group. Kingside will feature American classics with fresh, locally sourced ingredients
  • A Gramercy Park staple, Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, has been a staple in the New York coffee scene
  • A custom designed concept for Terminal B, 5 Boroughs Food and Emporium will offer a modern marketplace with a great selection of sandwiches, snacks, treats and drinks from local purveyors

Along with new food and beverage offerings, new retail offerings will include District Market, FAO Schwartz, McNally Jackson, MAC Cosmetics, Hudson, an LGA Duty Free Shop and SpaHere. There will also be an airport themed children's play area with additional family restrooms and a mother's nursing area.

The entrance to the new United Club at LGA


Amongst the additions will be a brand-new 10,500 square foot United Club that will be 30% larger than the current club at LGA. With the new location after security, it will be much easier for travelers to get to their gate just steps away in Terminal B. The new club will feature 219 seats including two phone booths and a mother's wellness room. The club will also feature a full-service bar area, food and beverage options, plenty of power outlets and high speed Wi-Fi. We recommend adding 10-15 minutes to your commute time when walking from the check-in desk to the new gate/club area.

Providing New York-based travelers with options

LGA is the closest airport to the East side of Manhattan, convenient for those traveling from Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. And with the most flights and seats between key business cities including Chicago, Denver and Houston, LGA gives New York-based business travelers more options. Additionally, we offer the only service from LGA to Washington-Dulles and the Northern Virginia business corridor.


LGA Airport milestones:

June 1, 2019: United moves to new gate area, security shifts; check-in remains in the current location while the baggage claim location will now be on level 1 after you leave the secured area of the terminal

June 2, 2019: 5 new gates open in addition to the new United Club

Q1 2020: Terminal refresh complete for United customers; Check-in, security and baggage claim will shift to new, permanent location

United Cargo operates more than 11,000 cargo-only flights in one year

By The Hub team, March 19, 2021

On March 19, 2020, United operated its first flight carrying cargo without passengers on board. While the passenger cabin was empty, its cargo hold was completely full, carrying more than 29,000 pounds of commodities from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).

A year later, United Cargo has operated more than 11,000 cargo-only flights carrying more than 570 million pounds of freight. To support the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts, United Cargo has also transported more than 113 million pounds of medical and pharmaceutical products on both cargo-only and passenger flights as well as approximately 10 million COVID-19 vaccines, providing global communities access to the items they have needed most.

10 tips for spring travel

By The Hub team, February 24, 2021

Whether you haven't flown with us for a while or just need a quick refresher before your spring trip, read this list of tips to know before your flight and arrive at the airport travel-ready:

1. Download the United app for contactless bag check, travel assistance and more

Before your flight, download the United app to view your flight status, check in, sign up for flight notifications, locate departure gates, access our free personal device entertainment when available and more. We've also updated our app with new features that can make your trip a little safer, including contactless bag check.

Don't forget to use Agent on Demand for help with any and all questions you may have before your flight. This new capability is available at all our U.S. hub airports and allows you to use your own mobile device to contact a customer service agent via phone, video or chat to help with day-of-travel questions while you're at the airport. Learn more about Agent on Demand here.

United joins UNICEF COVAX initiative

By The Hub team, February 19, 2021

This week, we were honored to become the first U.S. airline to join the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting the vaccine and other critically needed supplies to underserved areas of the globe.

"We are committed to helping the global community in any way we can, and we all must work together to do our part to bring this health and humanitarian crisis to an end," said Director of Cargo Specialty Products Manu Jacobs.

We will leverage our expertise to transport these critical pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments around the world safely, efficiently and expediently. We are proud to partner with the United Nations to support this global effort and provide equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

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