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LaGuardia Airport
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IATA: LGA – ICAO: KLGA – FAA LID: LGA

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LaGuardia Airport
Location of airport in New York state
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of New York
Operator Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Serves New York City
Location East Elmhurst, Queens, NY
Elevation AMSL 21 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 40°46′38.1″N 073°52′21.4″W / 40.77725°N 73.872611°W / 40.77725; -73.872611
Website www.laguardiaairport.com
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4/22 7,001 2,134 Asphalt/Concrete
13/31 7,003 2,135 Asphalt/Concrete
Helipads
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 60 18 Asphalt
H2 60 18 Asphalt
Source: Federal Aviation Administration
FAA airport diagram

LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA, ICAO: KLGA, FAA LID: LGA) (pronounced /ləˈɡwɑrdiə/) is an airport located in the northern part of Queens County on Long Island in the City of New York. The airport is located on the waterfront of Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay, and borders the neighborhoods of Astoria, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst. The airport was originally named Glenn H. Curtiss Airport after aviation pioneer Glenn Hammond Curtiss then renamed North Beach Airport, then later named for Fiorello H. La Guardia, a former mayor of New York when the airport was built. In 1960, it was voted the "greatest airport in the world" by the worldwide aviation community. The airport is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

LaGuardia is the smallest of the New York metropolitan area's three primary commercial airports, the other two of which are John F. Kennedy International Airport in southern Queens and Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, and the closest of the three to Manhattan. It is larger than nearby alternative airports Long Island MacArthur Airport in Suffolk County, Westchester County Airport in Westchester County, and Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York. LaGuardia is popular because of its central location and proximity to Manhattan. In spite of the airport's small size, wide-body aircraft once visited regularly; the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and Lockheed L-1011 were specifically designed for use at LaGuardia. From 2000 to 2005, Delta operated the 767-400ER with 285 seats. Today, there are no scheduled widebody flights, though occasionally Delta Air Lines rotates a Boeing 767-300 in for one of its Atlanta flights. The airport serves as a focus city for AirTran Airways, American Airlines, American Eagle and US Airways Express

Most flights from LaGuardia go to destinations within the US and Canada, as well as service to Aruba, the Bahamas and Bermuda, because those destinations are staffed with United States border preclearance facilities. The airport has INS/FIS facilities capable of processing customs and immigration on arriving international flights; the facilities are insufficient to handle efficiently the number of passengers that a non-precleared scheduled airline service would require. LaGuardia is the busiest airport in the US without any non-stop service to and from Europe. A perimeter rule prohibits incoming and outgoing flights that exceed 1,500 miles (2,400 km), excluding flights on Saturdays and flights to Denver, so most transcontinental and international flights use the area's other two major airports, JFK and Newark.

In 2008, the airport handled 23.1 million passengers; JFK handled 47.8 million and Newark handled slightly more than 35.4 million, making for a total of approximately 106 million travelers using New York airports, which is the largest airport system in the United States, largest in the world in terms of flight operations, and second in the world (after London) in terms of passenger traffic.

LaGuardia ranked last out of 66 airports in the United States in a passenger satisfaction survey compiled by J.D. Power and Associates. Out of 31 airports surveyed in 2009, LaGuardia, together with Newark Liberty International Airport, ranked last for on-time arrivals.

History

Construction


The three major airports serving New York City:
 1) JFK International (JFK)
 2) LaGuardia (LGA)
 3) Newark Liberty International (EWR)
 ☆ Floyd Bennett Field (1931–72)
The three major airports serving New York City:
 1) JFK International (JFK)
 2) LaGuardia (LGA)
 3) Newark Liberty International (EWR)
 ☆ Floyd Bennett Field (1931–72)

La Guardia Airport as seen from runway 22
La Guardia Airport as seen from runway 22

Air Canada Jazz CRJ being fueled at La Guardia Airport
Air Canada Jazz CRJ being fueled at La Guardia Airport

The current site of the airport was originally used by the Gala Amusement Park, owned by the Steinway family. It was razed and transformed in 1929 into a 105-acre private flying field. The airport was originally named Glenn H. Curtiss Airport after the pioneer Long Island aviator, and later called North Beach Airport.

The initiative to develop the airport for commercial flights began with a verbal outburst by New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia (in office from 1934 to 1945) upon the arrival of his TWA flight at Newark — the only commercial airport serving the New York City region at the time — as his ticket said "New York". He demanded to be taken to New York, and ordered the plane to be flown to Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field, giving an impromptu press conference to reporters along the way. At that time, he urged New Yorkers to support a new airport within their city.

American Airlines accepted La Guardia's offer to start a pilot program of scheduled flights to Floyd Bennett, although the program failed after several months because of Newark's relative proximity to Manhattan. La Guardia went as far as to offer police escorts to airport limousines, in an attempt to get American Airlines to continue operating the pilot program.

During the Floyd Bennett experiment, La Guardia and American executives began an alternative plan to build a new airport in Queens, where it could take advantage of the new Queens-Midtown Tunnel to Manhattan. The existing North Beach Airport was an obvious location, but much too small for the sort of airport that was being planned. With backing and assistance from the WPA, construction began in 1937. Building on the site required moving landfill from Rikers Island, then a garbage dump, onto a metal reinforcing framework. The framework below the airport still causes magnetic interference on the compasses of outgoing aircraft: signs on the airfield warn pilots about the problem.

Because of American's pivotal role in the development of the airport, La Guardia gave the airline extra real estate during the airport's first year of operation, including four hangars (an unprecedented amount of space at the time). American also opened its first Admirals Club (and the first private airline club in the world) at the airport in 1939. The club's space was originally a large office space reserved for the mayor, but after receiving criticism in the press, La Guardia offered to lease out the space, and American vice president Red Mosier immediately accepted the offer.

The airport was dedicated on October 15, 1939, as the New York Municipal Airport, and opened for business on that December 2. It cost New York City $23 million to turn the tiny North Beach Airport into a 550-acre (2.2 km) modern facility. Not everyone was as enthusiastic as LaGuardia about the project, some regarded it as a $40-million boondoggle. But the public was fascinated by the very idea of air travel, and thousands traveled to the airport, paid the dime fee, and watched the airliners take off and land. Two years later these fees and their associated parking had already provided $285,000, and other non-travel related incomes (food, etc.) were another $650,000 a year. The airport was soon a huge financial success. A smaller airport located in adjacent Jackson Heights, Holmes Airport, was unable to prevent the expansion of the larger airport and it closed in 1940.

La Guardia opened with four runways at 45-degree angles to each other, the longest (13/31) being 6000 ft. Runway 18/36 was probably closed soon after a United DC-4 ran off the south end in 1947; runway 9/27 (4500 ft) was probably closed around 1960, just before La Guardia's major rebuilding. Circa 1961 runway 13/31 was shifted northeastward to allow construction of a parallel taxiway (such amenities being unknown when LGA was built) and in 1965-66 both remaining runways were extended to their present 7000 ft.

Newark Airport began renovations, but could not keep up with the new Queens airport, which Time called, "the most pretentious land and seaplane base in the world." Even before the project was completed, La Guardia had won commitments from the 5 largest airlines (Pan American Airways, American, United, Eastern Air Lines and Transcontinental & Western Air) that they would begin using the new field as soon as it opened. The airport was used during World War II as a training facility for aviation technicians and as a logistics field.

Newspaper accounts alternately referred to the airfield as New York Municipal Airport and LaGuardia Field until the modern name was officially applied when the airport moved to Port of New York Authority control under a lease with New York City on June 1, 1947.

Later development

Although LaGuardia was a large airport for the era in which it was built, it soon became too small for the amount of air traffic it had to handle. Starting in 1968, general aviation aircraft were charged heavy fees to operate from LaGuardia during peak hours, driving many GA operators to airports such as Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, New Jersey. The increase in traffic at LaGuardia and safety concerns prompted the closure of nearby Flushing Airport in 1984. Also in 1984, to further combat overcrowding at LGA, the Port Authority instituted a Sunday-thru-Friday "perimeter rule" banning nonstop flights from La Guardia to cities more than 1,500 miles (2,400 km) away; at the time Denver was the only such city with nonstop flights, and it became the only exception to the rule. (Western Airlines hoped to fly 737-300s nonstop to Salt Lake City in 1986 and unsuccessfully challenged the rule in federal court). Later, the Port Authority also moved to connect JFK and Newark Airport to regional rail networks with the AirTrain Newark and AirTrain JFK, in an attempt to make these more distant airports competitive with LaGuardia. [2] In addition to these local regulations, the FAA also limited the number of flights and types of aircraft that could operate at LaGuardia (see 14 CFR § 193).

LaGuardia's traffic continued to grow. By 2000, the airport routinely experienced overcrowding delays, many more than an hour long. That year, Congress passed legislation to revoke the federal traffic limits on LaGuardia by 2007. The reduced demand for air travel following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City quickly slowed LaGuardia's traffic growth, helping to mitigate the airport's delays. Ongoing Port Authority investments to renovate the Central Terminal Building and improve the airfield layout have also made the airport's operations more efficient in recent years.

FAA approved Instrument Departure Procedure "Whitestone Climb" and the "Expressway Visual Approach to Runway 31" which both overfly Citi Field. In the name of safety when New York Mets games are in progress, these procedures are not usually used.

In late 2006, construction began to replace the Air Traffic Control Tower built in 1962 with a more modern one.

Plans

In April 2010, Port Authority director Christopher Ward announced that the agency had hired consultants to explore a full demolition and rebuilding of LaGuardia. The project would create a unified, modern, and efficient plan for the airport, currently an amalgam of decades of additions and modifications. The rebuilding would be staged in phases in order to maintain operations throughout the project.

Airline ranking by passengers for domestic flights

Airline Ranking by Passengers Domestically (For the year 2009)
Rank Airline Domestic Passengers
1 Delta Air Lines 6,167,416
2 US Airways 4,506,245
3 American Airlines 4,476,718
4 United Airlines 1,620,215
5 AirTran Airways 1,059,288

Airline ranking by passengers for international flights

Airline Ranking by Passengers Internationally (For the year 2009)
Rank Airline International Passengers
1 Air Canada/Air Canada Jazz 701,898
2 American Airlines/American Eagle 271,153
3 Delta Air Lines/Delta Connection 20,194
4 US Airways/US Express 9,137

Top airlines and destinations

LaGuardia Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States. In 2008, there were 176,373 flights that departed in LaGuardia. In 2009, 26 scheduled airlines operate from the airport. The top carriers are: American (19.76%), Delta (16.21%), US Airways (8.88%) and United (7.05%). Other airlines that have numerous flights in LaGuardia are AirTran Airways, Spirit and Continental Airlines.

Busiest Domestic Routes from LGA (2008)
Rank City Passengers Top Carriers
1 Atlanta, Georgia 1,071,000 AirTran, Delta
2 Chicago (O'Hare), Illinois 1,047,000 American, United
3 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 668,000 Delta, JetBlue, Spirit
4 Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas 559,000 American
5 Miami, Florida 541,000 American
6 Boston, Massachusetts 523,000 Delta, US Airways, American Eagle
7 Washington (National), DC 489,000 US Airways, Delta
8 Detroit, Michigan 486,000 Northwest, Spirit, American Eagle
9 Charlotte, North Carolina 434,000 US Airways
10 Denver, Colorado 369,000 Frontier, United

Terminals, airlines and destinations

LaGuardia has four terminals connected by buses and walkways. Signage throughout the terminals was designed by Paul Mijksenaar.

Central Terminal Building (CTB)

The Central Terminal Building (CTB) serves most of LaGuardia's domestic airlines. It is six blocks long, consisting of a four-story central section, two three-story wings and four concourses (A, B, C, and D) with up to 40 aircraft gates. It was dedicated on April 17, 1964, and cost $36 million. Delta and US Airways left the CTB in 1983 and 1992 respectively to their own dedicated terminals on the east side of the airport. The Port Authority and various airlines have carried out a $340 million improvement project in the 1990s and early 2000s to expand and renovate the existing space. [3]

Delta Terminal

The Delta Flight Center opened on June 19, 1983, at a cost of approximately $90 million. It was designed to accommodate Delta's new Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft. On August 12, 2009, Delta announced the upcoming expansion of their operations and flights at LaGuardia, thanks to a deal with US Airways.


Marine Air Terminal in 1974
Marine Air Terminal in 1974

Marine Air Terminal

The Marine Air Terminal (MAT) was the airport's original terminal for overseas flights. The waterside terminal was designed to serve the fleet of flying boats, or Clippers, of Pan American Airways, America's main international airline throughout the 1930s and 1940s. When a Clipper would land in Long Island Sound, it would taxi up to a dock where passengers would disembark into the terminal. After World War II, new four-engine land planes were developed, signaling the end of the Clipper era. The final Clipper flight left the terminal in February 1952, bound for Bermuda.

The terminal is home of the largest mural created during the Roosevelt era Works Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Arts Program. Created by New York artist James Brooks, the mural, Flight, encircles the upper rotunda walls, telling the story of man's conquest of the heavens up through 1942 when the work was completed. During the 1950s, many WPA artists were thought to be in collusion with communists. Several works of art were destroyed that had been created for Post Offices and other public facilities. Likewise, Flight was completely painted over with wall paint by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. In the late 1970s, Geoffrey Arend, an aviation historian and author of Great Airports: LaGuardia, mounted a campaign to restore the mural to its original splendor. With the help of Brooks, LaGuardia Airport manager Tim Peirce, and donations from Reader’s Digest founders DeWitt Wallace and Laurance Rockefeller, Flight was rededicated in 1980.

In 1986, Pan Am restarted flights at the MAT with the purchase of New York Air’s shuttle service between Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. In 1991, Delta Air Lines bought the Pan Am Shuttle and subsequently started service from the MAT on September 1. In 1995, the MAT was designated as a historic landmark. A $7 million dollar restoration was completed in time for the airport’s sixty-fifth anniversary of commercial flights on December 2, 2004. Along with the Delta Shuttle, general aviation operates from the terminal through a fixed based operator.

US Airways Terminal


The US Airways terminal.
The US Airways terminal.

The 300,000-square-foot (28,000 m) US Airways Terminal, designed by William Nicholas Bodouva + Associates Architects and Planners, was opened September 12, 1992, at a cost of $250 million. The original tenant was intended to be Eastern Airlines, but when Eastern was forcibly bankrupt in an effort by parent Texas Air Corporation to merge its assets with that of sister airline Continental Airlines, Continental assumed the leases. Continental never moved in, as it sold its leases and most of its LaGuardia slots to US Airways as part of Continental's bankruptcy restructuring. Trump Shuttle, successor to Eastern Airlines Shuttle, and what is now US Airways Shuttle, also occupied the terminal before becoming part of US Airways. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says that the terminal handles approximately 50% of regional airliner traffic at LaGuardia. [4]

On August 12, 2009, Delta Air Lines and US Airways announced a landing slot and terminal swap in separate press releases. Under the swap plan, US Airways would have given Delta 125 operating slot pairs at LaGuardia. US Airways, in return, would have received 42 operating slot pairs at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC and be granted the authority to begin service from the US to Sao Pãulo, Brazil and Tokyo, Japan. When the swap plan was complete, Delta Shuttle operations would have moved from the Marine Air Terminal to Terminal C (the present US Airways terminal), and Terminals C and D would have been connected together. US Airways Shuttle flights would have moved to the Marine Air Terminal, and mainline US Airways flights would have moved to Terminal D (the present Delta terminal). The United States Department of Transportation announced that they would approve the Delta/US Airways transaction under the condition that they sell slots to other airlines. Delta and US Airways dropped the slot swap deal in early July 2010 and both airlines have filed a court appeal.

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations Terminal
Air Canada Montréal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson Central-A
Air Canada Jazz Montréal-Trudeau, Ottawa Central-A
AirTran Airways Akron/Canton, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Newport News/Williamsburg, Orlando Central-B
American Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Nashville, St. Louis
Seasonal: Eagle/Vail
Central-D
American Eagle Atlanta, Boston, Charleston (WV), Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Detroit, Fayetteville (AR), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montréal-Trudeau, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, Toronto-Pearson
Seasonal: Traverse City
Central-C
Continental Airlines Aruba [seasonal], Cleveland, Houston-Intercontinental Central-A
Continental Express operated by Chautauqua Airlines Cleveland Central-A
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Cleveland Central-A
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Detroit, Ft Lauderdale, Ft Myers, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Tampa, West Palm Beach
Seasonal: Bermuda, Hayden/Steamboat Springs
Delta
Delta Air Lines Boston Marine
Delta Connection operated by Chautauqua Airlines Asheville, Charleston, Columbia (SC), Columbus (OH), Grand Rapids, Greenville/Spartanburg, Indianapolis, Norfolk, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Savannah Delta
Delta Connection operated by Comair Birmingham (AL), Charleston (SC), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Columbus (OH), Halifax, Jacksonville (FL), Madison, Portland (ME), Raleigh/Durham, Savannah, Traverse City [seasonal] Delta
Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis Delta
Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines Kansas City, Omaha Delta
Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Asheville, Bangor, Charleston (SC), Columbus (OH), Indianapolis, Knoxville, Lewisburg (WV), Lexington, Norfolk, Portland (ME), Savannah Delta
Delta Connection operated by Shuttle America Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, Columbus (OH), Indianapolis, Myrtle Beach, St. Louis Delta
Delta Connection operated by Shuttle America Boston, Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Reagan Marine
Frontier Airlines Denver, Milwaukee Central-B
Frontier Airlines operated by Republic Airlines Kansas City, Milwaukee [ends November 17] Central-B
JetBlue Airways Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, West Palm Beach Central-A/B
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Chicago-Midway Central-B
Spirit Airlines Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach Central-B
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver Central-C
United Express operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Washington-Dulles Central-C
United Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Washington-Dulles Central-C
United Express operated by Mesa Airlines Washington-Dulles Central-C
United Express operated by Shuttle America Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles Central-C
US Airways Boston, Charlotte, Nassau [seasonal], Philadelphia, Washington-Reagan US Airways
US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin Asheville (NC) [begins October 31], Baltimore, Buffalo, Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Columbia (SC) [begins October 31], Columbus (OH), Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg (SC) [begins October 31], Lexington (KY) [begins October 31] Louisville, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Rochester (NY), Wilmington (NC) US Airways
US Airways Express operated by Chautauqua Airlines Baltimore, Columbus (OH), Greensboro, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Wilmington (NC) US Airways
US Airways Express operated by Colgan Air Albany, Charlottesville, Manchester (NH), Martha's Vineyard [seasonal], Nantucket [seasonal], Syracuse US Airways
US Airways Express operated by Piedmont Airlines Albany, Baltimore, Bangor, Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Harrisburg [begins October 31], Hartford [begins October 31], Ithaca, Philadelphia, Portland (ME), Providence, Roanoke, Rochester (NY), Syracuse, Washington-Dulles [begins October 31] US Airways
US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines Charlotte, Greensboro, Dayton, Richmond US Airways
US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines Columbus (OH), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh US Airways

Ground transportation

Bus

Several city bus lines link LGA to the New York City Subway and Long Island Rail Road, with free transfers provided for Metrocard users making subway connections. The buses are wheelchair accessible. These are operated by MTA New York City Transit and MTA Bus Company:

  • M60 (All terminals)
  • Q33 (Central Terminal, US Airways, and Delta terminals only)
  • Q48 (All terminals)
  • Q72 (Central Terminal only)
  • Q47 (Marine Air Terminal only)

There are also many private bus lines operating express buses to Manhattan, the Hudson Valley, and Long Island.

Taxi

Taxicabs serving the Airport are licensed by New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission. The fares within New York City are metered. Uniformed Taxi Dispatchers are available to assist passengers before they start the rides.

Limousine

New York City's limousine services, which are licensed by NYCTLC New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, offer various rates ranging from $40–150 from LGA airport to Manhattan (excluding tips and tolls) in a sedan or limousine. Depending on the time of day, travel from LGA to Midtown Manhattan can be as quick as 25 minutes. Limousines accommodate 2–20 passengers depending upon the size of the vehicle.

Accidents and incidents

  • On February 1, 1957, Northeast Airlines Flight 823 crashed on takeoff into Rikers Island. Of 101 people aboard, 21 were killed.
  • On February 3, 1959, American Airlines Flight 320 crashed on approach into the East River. Of 73 people aboard, 65 were killed.
  • On December 29, 1975, a bomb exploded at LaGuardia, killing 11 people and injuring 74.
  • On 4 January 1971, Douglas C-47A N7 of the Federal Aviation Administration crashed on approach to La Guardia Airport. The aircraft was on a flight from Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The cause of the accident was windshear.
  • On September 21, 1989, USAir Flight 5050 bound for Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, crashed after aborting takeoff and rolling off the end of the runway into the East River. The plane broke into three pieces, and three passengers died as a result.
  • On March 22, 1992, USAir Flight 405 bound for Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, crashed on takeoff at LaGuardia because of icing on its wings. Of 51 people aboard, 27 were killed.
  • On March 2, 1994, Continental Airlines Flight 705 to Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado, aborted takeoff in a snowstorm and skidded down the runway into a ditch.
  • On January 15, 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport ditched in the Hudson River at a gradual angle after losing both engines as a result of multiple bird strikes at an altitude of 3000 feet; all 150 passengers (12 in first class and 138 in economy) and 5 crew members (2 pilots and 3 flight attendants) were successfully evacuated from a safe water ditch.
  • On August 1, 2009, the airport was evacuated when a Port Authority police officer mistook a mentally-disabled man's electrical equipment for a bomb, and his flipping of a switch to be an attempt to detonate it.

In popular culture

  • LaGuardia Airport appears as a level in the computer game Deus Ex.
  • LaGuardia airport of 1939 (or 1940) nearly receives the landing of a Boeing 707 jetliner in the Twilight Zone episode The Odyssey of Flight 33, but then the crew sees the 1939/1940 World's Fair site and realize they did not come forward in time far enough to be home. They do not make the landing they've been cleared for at LaGuardia.
  • LaGuardia Airport is the only airport in the 2006 game Driver Parallel Lines.
  • In the 1987 John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Neal Page and Del Griffith (played by Steve Martin and John Candy) depart LaGuardia on a flight to Chicago O'Hare Airport. They end up landing at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita because of a snowstorm in Chicago.
  • In the music video for the 2008 song, I Will Possess Your Heart, by Death Cab for Cutie, the main character embarks on a worldwide journey beginning from LaGuardia
  • The airport is featured in the 1992 movie Home Alone 2, when Kevin McCalister (Maculay Culkin) discovers he accidentally took the plane to NYC instead of Miami
  • The airport is the headquarters of the Men in Black in Men in Black: The Series based on the film.
  • The runways of the airport are featured in the 2008 videogame Grand Theft Auto IV.


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Location & QuickFacts

FAA Information Effective:2008-09-25
Airport Identifier:LGA
Airport Status:Operational
Longitude/Latitude:073-52-21.4000W/40-46-38.1000N
-73.872611/40.777250 (Estimated)
Elevation:21 ft / 6.40 m (Surveyed)
Land:680 acres
From nearest city:4 nautical miles E of New York, NY
Location:Queens County, NY
Magnetic Variation:12W (1980)

Owner & Manager

Ownership:Publicly owned
Owner:Port. Auth. Of N.y. & N.j.
LEASEE. PROPERTY OWNED BY THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
Address:225 Park Ave. South
New York, NY 10003
Phone number:212-435-3703
Manager:Warren Kroeppel
Address:Hangar #7, Third Floor
Flushing, NY 11371
PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY.
Phone number:718-533-3401

Airport Operations and Facilities

Airport Use:Open to public
Wind indicator:Yes
Segmented Circle:No
Control Tower:Yes
Lighting Schedule:DUSK-DAWN
Beacon Color:Clear-Green (lighted land airport)
Landing fee charge:Yes
Sectional chart:New York
Region:AEA - Eastern
Boundary ARTCC:ZNY - New York
Tie-in FSS:ISP - New York
FSS on Airport:No
FSS Toll Free:1-800-WX-BRIEF
NOTAMs Facility:LGA (NOTAM-d service avaliable)
Certification type/date:I D S 05/1973
Federal Agreements:NGY3

Airport Communications

Unicom:122.950 

Airport Services

Fuel available:100LLA
Airframe Repair:MAJOR
Power Plant Repair:MAJOR
Bottled Oxygen:HIGH/LOW
Bulk Oxygen:HIGH/LOW

Runway Information

Runway 04/22

Dimension:7001 x 150 ft / 2133.9 x 45.7 m
Surface:ASPH-CONC, Good Condition
Surface Treatment:Saw-cut or plastic Grooved
Weight Limit:Single wheel: 80000 lbs.
Dual wheel: 170000 lbs.
Dual tandem wheel: 360000 lbs.
Edge Lights:High
 

Runway 04

Runway 22

Longitude:073-53-02.8304W073-52-14.4209W
Latitude:40-46-08.9927N40-47-07.5736N
Elevation:21.00 ft12.00 ft
Alignment:32127
ILS Type:ILS ILS
Traffic Pattern:LeftLeft
Markings:Precision instrument, Good ConditionPrecision instrument, Good Condition
Crossing Height:52.00 ft52.00 ft
VASI:4-light PAPI on right side4-box on left side
Visual Glide Angle:3.00°3.00°
RVR Equipment:touchdown, rollouttouchdown, rollout
Approach lights:MALSRALSF1
Runway End Identifier:Yes
Centerline Lights:YesYes
Touchdown Lights:NoYes
Obstruction:80 ft bldg, 2950.0 ft from runway, 400 ft left of centerline, 34:1 slope to clear
+11 FT FENCE 245 FT R OF RY END.
, 50:1 slope to clear
Decleard distances:Take off run available 7001.00 ft
Take off distance available 7001.00 ft
Actual stop distance available 7001.00 ft
Landing distance available 7001.00 ft
Take off run available 7001.00 ft
Take off distance available 7001.00 ft
Actual stop distance available 7001.00 ft
Landing distance available 7001.00 ft

Runway 13/31

Dimension:7003 x 150 ft / 2134.5 x 45.7 m
Surface:ASPH-CONC, Good Condition
Surface Treatment:Saw-cut or plastic Grooved
Weight Limit:Single wheel: 80000 lbs.
Dual wheel: 170000 lbs.
Dual tandem wheel: 360000 lbs.
Edge Lights:High
 

Runway 13

Runway 31

Longitude:073-52-42.6775W073-51-25.6016W
Latitude:40-46-56.2698N40-46-19.4573N
Elevation:12.00 ft7.00 ft
Alignment:122127
ILS Type:ILS/DME LOC/DME
Traffic Pattern:LeftLeft
Markings:Precision instrument, Good ConditionPrecision instrument, Good Condition
Crossing Height:49.00 ft50.00 ft
VASI:4-box on left side16-box on both sides
VASI UPPER TCH 88 FT GLIDE ANGLE 3.00 DEG; LOWER TCH 47 FT GLIDE ANGLE 2.75 DEG.
Visual Glide Angle:3.00°3.11°
VGSI & DESCENT ANGLES NOT COINCIDENT.
RVR Equipment:touchdown, rollouttouchdown, rollout
Approach lights:MALSR
Runway End Identifier:YesYes
Centerline Lights:YesYes
Touchdown Lights:NoNo
Obstruction:, 50:1 slope to clear95 ft bldg, 2750.0 ft from runway, 510 ft right of centerline, 26:1 slope to clear
Decleard distances:Take off run available 7003.00 ft
Take off distance available 7003.00 ft
Actual stop distance available 7003.00 ft
Landing distance available 7003.00 ft
Take off run available 7003.00 ft
Take off distance available 7003.00 ft
Actual stop distance available 7003.00 ft
Landing distance available 7003.00 ft

Runway 22X

Dimension:0 x 0 ft / 0.0 x 0.0 m
Surface:,
 

Runway 22X

Runway

ILS Type:LDA/DME
Traffic Pattern:LeftLeft

Helipad H1

Dimension:60 x 60 ft / 18.3 x 18.3 m
Surface:ASPH, Good Condition
 

Runway H1

Runway

Traffic Pattern:LeftLeft
Markings:Basic, Good Condition,

Radio Navigation Aids

ID Type Name Ch Freq Var Dist
EWRFAN MARKERMaryann 11W15.0 nm
SKUFAN MARKERStanwyck 12W45.8 nm
OGYNDBBridge414.0012W12.6 nm
PNJNDBPaterson347.0012W16.2 nm
BBNNDBBabylon275.0014W23.1 nm
CATNDBChatham254.0011W25.5 nm
OPNDBOld Field Point Light316.0013W36.3 nm
SWNDBNeely335.0014W45.5 nm
SKUNDBStanwyck261.0012W45.8 nm
PONDBMeier403.0012W48.1 nm
NELNDBLakehurst396.0013W48.9 nm
NELTACANLakehurst055X 11W49.6 nm
NELUHF/NDBLakehurst274.8013W48.9 nm
LGAVOR/DMELa Guardia078X113.1012W0.7 nm
TEBVOR/DMETeterboro021X108.4011W9.6 nm
JFKVOR/DMEKennedy106X115.9012W9.8 nm
CRIVOR/DMECanarsie070X112.3011W10.0 nm
DPKVOR/DMEDeer Park124X117.7012W25.9 nm
COLVOR/DMEColts Neck101X115.4011W30.9 nm
CMKVOR/DMECarmel113X116.6012W33.0 nm
BDRVOR/DMEBridgeport25X108.8012W41.0 nm
SBJVOR/DMESolberg076X112.9010W41.3 nm
BWZVOR/DMEBroadway089X114.2011W43.2 nm
STWVOR/DMEStillwater033X109.6011W47.1 nm
CCCVOR/DMECalverton119X117.2013W49.7 nm
SAXVORTACSparta104X115.7011W34.9 nm
RBVVORTACRobbinsville085X113.8010W44.8 nm
JFKVOTKennedy115.109.6 nm
ISPVOTLong Island Mac Arthur109.4035.4 nm
BDRVOTBridgeport109.2541.0 nm

Remarks

  • FLOCKS OF BIRDS ON & INVOF ARPT.
  • CODED TRANSPONDER REQUIRED. VFR RESERVATION INFO AVBL ON ATIS.
  • NOTE: SEE SPECIAL NOTICE--LAND AND HOLD SHORT OPERATIONS.
  • SHIP MASTS IN APCH RY 31.
  • TWY Y BTN TWYS AA & BB CLSD TO ACFT WITH WINGSPAN IN EXCESS OF 113 FT.
  • NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURES IN EFFECT; CALL 212-435-3812 DURG NORMAL BUSINESS HRS.
  • B767-400 AIRCRAFT RESTRICTED TO 10 KNOTS ON TAXIWAYS DD,Z,B AND AA.
  • RY 13 VASI AND ILS NOT COINCIDENTAL.
  • TWY D LCTD BTWN TWY BB AND TWY Y CLSD INDEFLY.
  • TWY F LCTD BTWN TWY BB AND TWY Y CLSD INDEFLY.
  • H1 LCTD INTXN TWYS BB & F.
  • OPEN TO MILITARY CONVENTIONAL ACFT WITH PRIOR PMSN; CONTACT AIRPORT OPERATIONS AT 718-533-3700.
  • SPECIAL AIR TRAFFIC RULES--PART 93; HIGH DENSITY ARPT; PRIOR RESERVATION REQUIRED; SEE AIM.
  • MAG ANOMALIES MAY AFFECT COMPASS HDG WHEN USING EXTENSION RYS 13 & 22 FOR TKOF.
  • TWYS G P R & U CONCRETE DECK RSTD TO 5KT TURNS; 10KTS STRAIGHT.
  • TWY ZA CLSD 2300-0700 FOR ACFT PARKING.

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General Info
Country United States
State NEW YORK
FAA ID LGA
Latitude 40-46-38.075N
Longitude 073-52-21.393W
Elevation 22 feet
Near City NEW YORK


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