The board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has approved the demolition of two hangars at New York LaGuardia airport, a precursor to replacing the airport’s ageing central terminal building.
Hangars two and four will be demolished at a cost of $22.9 million by 31 December, according to minutes from the PANYNJ board meeting on 18 September. The hangars are located between the central terminal and US Airways terminal – also known as terminals B and C – at the airport.
Demolition is an important step towards construction of the proposed roughly $2.6 billion replacement of the central terminal. Construction of the new facility will begin on the land the current hangars occupy, according to PANYNJ.
Leases with American Airlines and United Airlines for the 1940s-vintage hangars would be terminated early, according to the minutes. Both expire on 31 December 2015.
The proposed 120,774m² (1.3 million ft²) replacement terminal would have 35 contact gates, including 31 for group three aircraft – Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 sized aircraft – and four for group four aircraft – Boeing 757 and 767s. It would have 214 check-in positions and include a secure connection to terminal C.
Construction is scheduled to take seven years with the first phase open by the fourth quarter of 2018 and the entire facility open by the end of 2021.
Consortiums prequalified to bid on the long-term design-build-finance-operate-maintain (DBFOM) concession are Aerostar New York (Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) and Highstar Capital), LaGuardia Gateway Partners (Vantage Airport Group, Skanska Infrastructure and Meridiam), LGAlliance (Macquarie Infrastructure and Lend Lease) and LGA Central Terminal Consortium (ADP & TAV and Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners).