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LaGuardia Airport
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– WMO: 72503
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, New York City, New York, U.S.
Hub for * American Airlines
Elevation AMSL 21 ft / 6 m
Coordinates 40°46′38.1″N 73°52′21.4″W / 40.777250°N 73.872611°W / 40.777250; -73.872611Coordinates: 40°46′38.1″N 73°52′21.4″W / 40.777250°N 73.872611°W / 40.777250; -73.872611
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Location in New York City / New York / United States

Direction 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 (2018)
Aircraft operations (ACI) 372,025
Passengers (ACI) 30,094,074

LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGAICAO: KLGAFAA LID: LGA) is an airport in the northern part of the New York City borough of Queens. The airport is on the edge of Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay. It borders the neighborhoods of Astoria, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst.

La Guardia is popular because of its location near to Manhattan. Although the airport is small in size, Wide-Body Airliners once used it often. The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and Lockheed L-1011 were designed for use at LaGuardia. From 2000 to 2005, Delta used the Boeing 767-ER with 285 seats. Today, there are usually no widebody flights. Delta Air Lines does use a Boeing 767-300 at times for one of its Atlanta flights. On July 11, 2012, the airport became a domestic hub for Delta Air Lines. It is also a focus city for American Airlines and American Eagle.

LaGuardia is the smallest of the New York metropolitan area's three main airports. The other two are John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in southern Queens and Newark Liberty International in Newark, New Jersey. LaGuardia is the closest of the three to Manhattan. These three airports are the largest airport system in the United States. They are the second most busy system of airports in the world by number of passengers. They are the first in the world in terms of total flight operations. In 2010, the airport had just under 24.0 million passenger. JFK had 46.5 million and Newark had 33.1 million. A total of about 104 million travelers used New York airports.

Most flights from LaGuardia go to locations inside the United States and Canada. Some flights also go to Aruba, the Bahamas, and Bermuda, which have United States Department of Homeland Security preclearance services. The airport has ICE/CPB facilities to deal with customs and immigration for international flights but they cannot deal with a large number of passengers at one time. LaGuardia is the busiest airport in the United States without any non-stop flights to and from Europe. Nonstop flights to or from LaGuardia are limited to only 1,500 miles (2,400 km). This does not include flights on Saturdays and flights to Denver. Because of this most flights across the continent and international flights use JFK or Newark.

The airport was first named Glenn H. Curtiss Airport. It was named for Glenn Hammond Curtiss. It was later renamed North Beach Airport. New York City took control of the airport and named it New York Municipal Airport-LaGuardia Field. In 1953, it was named "LaGuardia Airport" for Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York when the airport was built. The airport is run by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


Jazz Air
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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