US-based Delta Air Lines has started construction on its $4bn terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
The new terminal will feature four concourses with 37 flexibly sized gates that can accommodate Delta's full fleet; a new, larger Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck; new hold rooms with more seating; 30% more concessions space; and sustainable and scalable technology.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo also announced a breakthrough with LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), the firm that is building the western half of the airport.
JLC Infrastructure, a joint venture featuring Magic Johnson Enterprises and Loop Capital Markets LLC, will become an MWBE investor with LGP.
The Delta project is part of the overall LaGuardia Airport redevelopment effort that broke ground in June 2016 on the new roadway configuration and on the LaGuardia Gateway Partners passenger terminal concourses on the western half of the new airport.
Delta will invest $3.4bn for the construction of the eastern half of the new LaGuardia. Work on the western half, as well as the roadways, is in progress following a groundbreaking in June 2016.
The first new gates are scheduled to open next year and the new airport is on track to be fully completed by 2021.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said: "This is a historic day for Delta as we break ground on our state-of-the-art facility at LaGuardia Airport.
"This investment underscores our commitment to LaGuardia, to New York and to providing our customers and employees here and across the state with a world-class experience at one of our most important hubs.”
Cuomo said: "The groundbreaking at Delta's facilities represents another step forward as we build an entirely new airport at LaGuardia. Together with our private sector partners, we are making rapid progress to create the world-class gateway to the Empire State that New Yorkers deserve."