A new concourse at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport and a new flight to New Zealand lead this week’s air travel news.
This week Delta unveiled its first new concourse at LaGuardia, marking an important milestone in the $8 billion rebuild of the airport. Customers will be able to access the new, 105,000-square-foot space in Terminal C for the first time on Monday. It will have seven new gates, dining from hospitality group OTG and a bright, airy entryway. When complete, the new terminal will have 37 gates across four concourses connected by a centralized and streamlined check-in lobby, security checkpoint, and baggage claim; dual taxiways that will help reduce hold outs and taxi times; a new, larger Delta Sky Club with a Sky Deck; larger gate areas and more concessions space; and more efficient airport roadways.
In new flight news, American Airlines announced plans to become the only airline to fly from the United States to New Zealand’s South Island. The carrier will add new nonstop service from Los Angeles to Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island and the gateway to the destination, next October. The airline is also adding the only direct service between Dallas – Fort Worth and Auckland. Both new services are the result of American’s recently approved joint business venture with Qantas.
Finally, this week new airlift made it much easier for travelers to get to St. Helena, a remote island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. Long only accessible by sea, it is now accessible by new nonstop flights on United Airlines from New York to Cape Town, followed by SAA Airlink flights out of Cape Town. An increased flight schedule is also set for December through February.