Talk about a welcome change to LGA. Delta’s new Terminal C at LGA is a breath to be hold. No longer defined by the dark, sterile and dirty gateway to NY, Delta has finally opened a space that is more welcoming and akin to the great wonders of NYC! I finally had a chance to see this beautiful new terminal on my recent flight to Chicago O’Haire and was able to take some pics to share with you all.
Time to Fly
As you approach the airport, passengers can either be dropped off at 2 different islands. The island closer to the airport provides direct access to the check-in desks and kiosks, while the island further away provides direct access to the security area via a sky bridge. This is a nice touch for those without the need to check bags and want to get through security as quickly as possible.
Once at security, you are greeted with large sign posts that signify the security wait times for the various line types. These line types include the standard TSA, Pre-Check, Sky Priority, Clear and an ADA Assistant lane.
Walk it Off
Once you have cleared security, you are welcomed to a large bright space. Here, you will find the screens pointing you to the direction of the gates and the amount of time it will take to get to the gate.
Above this space, you will see the Delta Sky Club. This Sky Club is a nice addition to LGA and I will provide a full review of this location in a later piece.
While the walkway and directions are clear, I wish there were more restaurant locations between this lobby and the gates. Since there is some distance between the gates and the lobby, it would be nice have more restaurants and seating areas to explore as you walk to your gates.
After you walk through the lobby and the connected walkways, you then descend an escalator and another short walk to your gates.
At the gates, there are monitors showing the status of the flight and the current boarding group. Additionally, there are multiple TVs in the gate areas showing flight information and news/sport channels as well.
Overall, this is a nice airport. It’s bright, airy and easy to navigate the distance between the lobby and the gates. While there could be more seating areas and restaurants between the lobby and the gates, the airport is designed nicely and provides a great first impression of the broader NYC community.
Kyle’s Tips: If your trip is mainly centered within Manhattan and upper Queens, I would definitely recommend flying into LGA instead of JFK. While JFK does offer more connections, both domestically and globally, LGA is only a short 30 minute drive to Manhattan (depending on traffic) and is very easy to navigate. For those intimidated with big airports but want to experience NYC, I would definitely recommend flying into this airport instead.