Holiday travelers passing through LaGuardia Airport are urged to plan for extra delays because of ongoing construction and an expected increase in Thanksgiving passenger traffic, officials say.
The Port Authority, which oversees the three major New York City-area airports, says nearly 350,000 air passengers are expected to use LaGuardia during the Thanksgiving holiday, with the travel peak beginning this Thursday, Nov. 17.
Additionally, ongoing construction for the airport's new $4 billion terminal may create traffic delays and limit availability of daily parking, officials say.
Passengers should allow extra travel time of about 30 minutes to an hour and are urged to use public transportation like the Q70 or M60 buses.
Long-term parking lot P10 will also have "substantial capacity," and have a reduced parking rate of $18 a day. Adjacent lots are expected to be at capacity and charge $39 a day.
Drivers picking up travelers should use cell phone lot in P10 since it's free for two hours. They should not wait for passengers on roadways, as police will be issuing summonses.
LaGuardiaAirport.com will have frequent updates on traffic and parking.
The new LaGuardia Airport will feature 1.3 million-square-foot central terminal with 35 gates, a new parking garage and connection to trains and subways is scheduled for completion by 2022.
The new main terminal will be moved 600 feet from the footprint of the existing facility to give planes more acreage at the cramped airport.