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LaGuardia Airport

Coordinates: 40°46′38.1″N 73°52′21.4″W / 40.777250°N 73.872611°W / 40.777250; -73.872611
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LaGuardia Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of New York
OperatorPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
ServesNew York metropolitan area
LocationEast Elmhurst, Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Hub for
Elevation AMSL21 ft / 6 m
Coordinates40°46′38.1″N 73°52′21.4″W / 40.777250°N 73.872611°W / 40.777250; -73.872611
FAA Diagram
FAA Diagram
LGA is located in New York City
Location in New York City / New York / United States
LGA is located in New York
LGA (New York)
LGA is located in the United States
LGA (the United States)
Direction Length Surface
ft m
04/22 7,001 2,134 Asphalt/concrete
13/31 7,003 2,135 Asphalt/concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 60 18 Asphalt
H2 60 18 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft operations (ACI)[2]372,025
Passengers (ACI)[2]30,094,074

LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA, ICAO: KLGA, FAA LID: LGA) (/ləˈɡwɑːrdiə/) is an airport in the northern part of the New York City borough of Queens. The airport is on the edge of Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay. It borders the neighborhoods of Astoria, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst.

La Guardia is popular because of its location near to Manhattan. Although the airport is small in size, wide-body airliners once flew there often. The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and Lockheed L-1011 were designed for use at LaGuardia.[3] The Boeing 767-400ER is the largest airliner that once flew to LGA; from 2000 to 2005, Delta used the 764 with 285 seats. Today, there are usually no widebody flights. Delta Air Lines does use a Boeing 767-300 at times for one of its Atlanta flights, and Air Canada sometimes sends their 767-300s there. On July 11, 2012, the airport became a domestic hub for Delta Air Lines. It is also a focus city for American Airlines and American Eagle.

LaGuardia is the smallest of the New York metropolitan area's three main airports. The other two are John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in southern Queens and Newark Liberty International in Newark, New Jersey. LaGuardia is the closest of the three to Manhattan. These three airports are the largest airport system in the United States. They are the second most busy system of airports in the world by number of passengers. They are the first in the world in terms of total flight operations. In 2010, the airport had just under 24.0 million passenger. JFK had 46.5 million[4] and Newark had 33.1 million.[4] A total of about 104 million travelers used New York airports.

Most flights from LaGuardia go to locations inside the United States and Canada. Some flights also go to Aruba, the Bahamas, and Bermuda, which have United States Department of Homeland Security preclearance services. The airport has ICE/CPB facilities to deal with customs and immigration for international flights but they cannot deal with a large number of passengers at one time. LaGuardia is the busiest airport in the United States without any non-stop flights to and from Europe.[5] Nonstop flights to or from LaGuardia are limited to only 1,500 miles (2,400 km). This does not include flights on Saturdays and flights to Denver. Because of this most flights across the continent and international flights use JFK or Newark.[6]

The airport was first named Glenn H. Curtiss Airport. It was named for Glenn Hammond Curtiss.[7] It was later renamed North Beach Airport.[8] New York City took control of the airport and named it New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field. In 1953, it was named "LaGuardia Airport" for Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York when the airport was built. The airport is run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Airlines[change | change source]

Jazz Air
Chautauqua Airlines
Compass Airlines
Pinnacle Airlines
Shuttle America
Delta Air Lines
Shuttle America
Republic Airlines
Chautauqua Airlines
Mesa Airlines
Shuttle America
SkyWest Airlines

Top airlines and destinations[change | change source]

Busiest Domestic Routes from LGA (October 2010 - September 2011)[9]
Rank City Passengers Top carriers
1 Chicago, Illinois (ORD) 1,287,000 American, Delta, Spirit, United
2 Atlanta, Georgia 1,134,000 AirTran, American, Delta
3 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 727,000 Delta, JetBlue, Spirit
4 Charlotte, North Carolina 559,000 American, US Airways
5 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) 547,000 American
6 Miami, Florida 542,000 American, Delta, Frontier, Spirit
7 Detroit, Michigan 462,000 American, Delta, Spirit
8 Boston, Massachusetts 459,000 Delta, US Airways
9 Washington, DC (DCA) 379,000 Delta, US Airways
10 Orlando, Florida 350,000 AirTran, Delta, JetBlue

References[change | change source]

  1. ":: American Airlines Newsroom". Archived from the original on 2015-11-22. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2010 North American final rankings". Archived from the original on February 8, 2008.
  3. http://www.flightglobal.com/airspace/blogs/orion/archive/2010/11/19/how-the-last-star-was-born.aspx
  4. 4.0 4.1 "2010 North American final rankings". Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
  5. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2012-01-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Long Distance at La Guardia". The New York Sun. August 4, 2005. Archived from the original on 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  7. Kenneth T. Jackson: The Encyclopedia of New York City: The New-York Historical Society; Yale University Press; 1995. P. 470.
  8. Amon, Rhoda (2007). "Major Airports Take Off". Newsday. Archived from the original on 2005-01-23. Retrieved 2012-01-22.
  9. "New York, NY: LaGuardia (LGA)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. May 2011.

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