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LaGuardia Airport
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Airport type Public
Owner City of New York
Operator Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Serves New York metropolitan area
Location East Elmhurst, Queens
Opened December 2, 1939; 84 years ago (1939-12-02)
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 21 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 40°46′30″N 73°52′30″W / 40.77500°N 73.87500°W / 40.77500; -73.87500
Runway Length Surface
ft m
04/22 7,001 2,134 Asphalt/concrete
13/31 7,003 2,135 Asphalt/concrete
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 60 18 Asphalt
H2 60 18 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Aircraft operations 138,855
Passengers 8,245,192
Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGAICAO: KLGAFAA LID: LGA) is a civil airport in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York City. Covering 680 acres (280 ha) in its present form, the facility was established in 1929 and began operating as a public airport in 1939. It is named after former New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, and among pilots is sometimes nicknamed "USS LaGuardia" in reference to its short runways surrounded by Flushing Bay, thus giving the feel of landing on an aircraft carrier.

The airport primarily accommodates airline service to domestic (and limited international) destinations. As of 2019, it was the third-busiest airport in the New York metropolitan area behind John F. Kennedy and Newark airports, and the twenty-first busiest in the United States by passenger volume. While the airport is a hub for both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, commercial service is strictly governed by unique regulations including a curfew, a slot system, and a "perimeter rule" prohibiting nonstop flights to or from destinations greater than 1,500 miles (2,400 km).

Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, LaGuardia was notable for having obsolete and dirty facilities, inefficient air operations, and poor customer service metrics. Responding to these criticisms, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) in 2015 announced a multi-billion-dollar reconstruction of the airport's passenger infrastructure, which is expected to be complete by 2025.


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Chautauqua Airlines
Compass Airlines
Pinnacle Airlines
Shuttle America
GoJet Airlines
  • Delta Shuttle
Delta Air Lines
Shuttle America
Republic Airlines
Chautauqua Airlines
Mesa Airlines
Shuttle America
SkyWest Airlines
Air Wisconsin
Chautauqua Airlines
Piedmont Airlines
PSA Airlines
Trans States Airlines

Top airlines and destinations

Busiest Domestic Routes from LGA (October 2010 - September 2011)
Rank City Passengers Top carriers
1 Flag of Illinois.svg Chicago, Illinois (ORD) 1,287,000 American, Delta, Spirit, United
2 Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg Atlanta, Georgia 1,134,000 AirTran, American, Delta
3 Flag of Florida.svg Fort Lauderdale, Florida 727,000 Delta, JetBlue, Spirit
4 Flag of North Carolina.svg Charlotte, North Carolina 559,000 American, US Airways
5 Flag of Texas.svg Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW) 547,000 American
6 Flag of Florida.svg Miami, Florida 542,000 American
7 Flag of Michigan.svg Detroit, Michigan 462,000 American, Delta, Spirit
8 Flag of Massachusetts.svg Boston, Massachusetts 459,000 Delta, US Airways
9 Flag of Virginia.svg Washington, DC (DCA) 379,000 Delta, US Airways
10 Flag of Florida.svg Orlando, Florida 350,000 AirTran, Delta, JetBlue

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