JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) announced it has reached an agreement with multiple parties to move its operations at New York’s LaGuardia Airport to the historic Marine Air Terminal, bringing JetBlue customers greater convenience and an improved ground experience while the Central Terminal undergoes reconstruction.
JetBlue will be the main tenant at the Marine Air Terminal, an aviation landmark, occupying four gates once the transition is completed in December – just in time for the start of the busy holiday travel season. This move will alleviate traffic and congestion as construction on the Central Terminal gets underway. JetBlue plans to move back to the Central Terminal when construction is completed.
While honoring the historic design of the Marine Air Terminal, JetBlue will add its own modern touches creating an airport experience in line with the award-winning service its customers receive onboard. With the needs of both business and leisure travelers in mind, including customers traveling on JetBlue’s popular Boston-LaGuardia route, customers can:
- Avoid the congestion of the Central Terminal area
- Request pick-up and drop-off points right at the Marine Air Terminal curb
- Secure taxis with shorter lines and less congestion
- Park conveniently next to the terminal
- Access multiple city bus services
“The Marine Air Terminal is LaGuardia’s secret oasis and full of historic charm – perfect for JetBlue customers traveling in and out of LaGuardia,” said Lisa Reifer, vice president, infrastructure, properties and development, JetBlue. “We plan to give the terminal those thoughtful JetBlue touches that customers love, and our Boston-LaGuardia business customers in particular will appreciate the easy in-easy out of this terminal.”
Once the move is completed, JetBlue customers arriving at the Marine Air Terminal, the airport’s closest terminal to Manhattan, will be welcomed by hospitality-trained crewmembers in an open concept, self-service focused lobby, designed to provide personal, helpful and simple touches.
The Art Deco Marine Air Terminal is one of aviation’s most historic landmarks. When it opened in 1940, it housed operations for seaplane service with aircraft departing from the East River. Over the years it has also served as a private jet terminal.
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