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LaGuardia Airport is an international airport located in the northern part of the New York City borough of Queens in the U.S. Its’ location is on the waterfront of Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay in East Elmhurst which borders the neighboring cities of East Elmhurst, Astoria, and Jackson Heights.
The three primary commercial airports (John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport,and Newark Liberty International Airport) are combined to create the largest airport system in the country, ranking second in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and being the first in the world when it comes to total flight operations. The airport handled 24.1 million passengers, in 2011. After three years, LaGuardia Airport had strong growth in terms of passenger traffic of about 27 million passengers used the airport, having a 1.2 percent increase, in 2010. JFK handled 53.3 million passengers, and Newark handled 35.6 million, reaching about 115.9 million travelers using New York airports.
LaGuardia is considered as the busiest airport in the U.S without any non-stop service to Europe. There’s a perimeter rule which prohibits nonstop flights to or from points that go beyond 1,500 statute miles (2,400 km). Exceptions to this perimeter rule are Saturday flights and flights to Denver. Mostly, transcontinental flights use JFK or Newark, as well as all international flights, exempted are those from airports within the perimeter that have United States border preclearance. The airport has no border control facility.
LaGuardia was considered a very large airport at the time it was built, but later on, it soon became clearly too small for the volume of air traffic to handle.LaGuardia’s traffic continued to grow. The airport routinely experienced overcrowding delays, much more than an hour long, by 2000. That same year, Congress passed legislation to cancel the federal traffic limits on LaGuardia by 2007. The following year, there was a reduction in demand for air travel, terrorist attacks on New York City quickly slowed the airport’s traffic growth, which helps to mitigate the airport delays.
LaGuardia has been criticized due to its outdated facilities. Vice President Joe Biden,was the one who compared the airport to a “third world country.” According to several customer surveys conducted, LaGuardia Airport has always been ranked as the worst in the United States. Pilots have been referring this airport to as “USS LaGuardia” because of short runways that are surrounded by water.
In late 2006, construction started to replace the air traffic control tower, which was built in 1962 with a more modern one. On October 9, 2010, the tower began its operations.
On July 27, 2015, Andrew Cuomo, the New York Governor, announced the reconstruction plan to replace the existing airport completely, which covers 680 acres.
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