Panel Recommends Broad Changes at LaGuardia Airport

NEW YORK (AP) -

A design panel commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to renovate the decrepit LaGuardia Airport has recommended sweeping changes including the creation of a “great hall” that would serve as the main entrance to travelers at the much-derided facility.

The new entrance would be located in the central terminal building, which was built in 1964 and is slated for a $3.6 billion renovation. The panel also recommended creating seamless connections between terminals, adding a new air train station and building a hotel on airport grounds.

The panel also recommended creating a cell phone waiting area for people who are retrieving passengers.

The ideas were generated from submissions to a public design competition when Cuomo called on designers from across the globe to re-imagine LaGuardia as a “21st-century airport.”