After JFK and Newark, New York’s third airport, currently being modernized, will also be linked to the city center by rail service, probably from 2025.
La Guardia’s AirTrain cleared its final hurdle. The American Federal Civil Aviation Administration has in fact given its authorization to begin this 2.1 billion dollar project, which has been on hold for more than seven years. It will complement the AirTrain JFK, a 13 km automatic shuttle connecting John-F. Kennedy to the New York subway and commuter trains and the AirTrain Newark, a 3 km monorail connecting Newark airport to the station from Newark Liberty International Airport.
Today, the only mode of public transportation to get to La Guardia from New York City remains by bus, which connects to the Long Island Rail Road commuter rail network. Construction of the AirTrain could begin as early as late summer, according to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the airport operator. In 2025, the rail service should link New York’s East Airport to the subway and the Long Island Rail Road network, making it possible to reach the heart of Manhattan in 30 minutes.
La Guardia, dedicated to domestic flights, is located in Queens, a borough located east of New York. New York’s smallest airport is in the final phase of a vast modernization operation, which has already resulted in the reconstruction of the central terminal now connected to the new Delta terminal.