LaGuardia Airport

Airports celebrate July 4th and the freedom to travel

Like you, airports are celebrating the freedom to travel (again) and also marking July 4th.

And we’re gathering up some of the best July 4th messages airports are sharing.

Kicking us off: the patriotic water feature show in Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport. Also: a cool mural you can watch being made at Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome featuring some celebrity travelers. And aviation-themed matchbooks from the SFO Museum collection at San Francisco International Airport.

And these great aviation-themed matchbooks from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

LaGuardia Airport has a cool new water show

We may be staying home but airports are still rolling out fun services, amenities, and cool attractions.

The latest is a state-of-the-art water feature in New York at LaGuardia Airport Terminal B.

It looks like an upside-down water fountain. But this fountain has a suitcase full of tricks.

The 25-foot-tall installation is designed by the French company Aquatique Show and features two large concentric rings and a 4,000-gallon circulating water system.

There are 450 programmable nozzles on the rings which allow water to fall in patterns or in a curtain onto which shapes, images, and themed shows can be projected with lasers.

LaGuardia Gateway Partners, which manages this new terminal at LGA, has shared these two videos of New York-themed water shows.

One features arts and entertainment in New York; the other celebrates iconic New York sites.

Travelers won’t have to see these same shows over and over; new shows are promised for holidays and to mark special events.

LaGuardia Airport’s new 25-foot-tall water feature is an impressive and welcome addition to the new terminal.

It is a far cry from Singapore Airport’s 7-story tall Rain Vortex, but a wonderful amenity we’d love to see in more airports.

Dazzling milestone for New York’s LaGuardia Airport

The new, 850,000-square-foot, four-story, state-of-the-art Terminal B Arrivals and Departures Hall at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) opens to the public on Saturday, June 13.

And it is a winner.

A key part of the LGA’s ongoing $8 billion rebuild, the new facility has local concessions, modern restrooms, and a New York-inspired shopping district.

Passengers flying on American Airlines, Air Canada, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines will be using the new terminal at LGA, which has impressive new permanent public art installations.

What’s in the New Terminal B at LGA


The new Terminal B departures level has four check-in islands with 75 individual check-in kiosks and a central oversize bag check-in station.

There are 17 large restrooms. And 16 security lanes with signs showing passenger wait times. There’s also new state-of-the-art technology for screening passengers and baggage.

At the arrivals level, there are nine large new baggage carousels.


The 17 retail and food/beverage concessions include many local favorites.

Among them: Eli’s Essentials by New York food legend Eli Zabar, Chef Marc Forgione’s new Mulberry Street restaurant, and Junior’s Cheesecake.

Contactless ordering available from the in-airport food delivery app At Your Gate.

LGA’s new Terminal B also has great public art

Public Art Fund and LaGuardia Gateway Partners, the developer and operator of Terminal B, chose great public art pieces for the new LGA Terminal B.

The key pieces are by Jeppe Hein, Sabine Hornig, Laura Owens, and Sarah Sze.

Take a look:

Those aren’t ‘lost’ balloons up on the ceiling but Jeppe Hein’s work “All Your Wishes.”

The piece includes dozens of colorful and reflective balloon-shaped steel sculptures distributed, as if floating, throughout the terminal.

The bright red bench sculptures that are both whimsical and useful are also Hein’s work.

Sabine Hornig’s “La Guardia Vistas” is a pair of interlocking cityscapes made up of more than 1100 photographs of New York City.

The work’s title refers to Fiorello La Guardia, founder of the airport and New York City Mayor from 1934 to 1945. And the piece includes 20 quotes from and about La Guardia.


Laura Owens’ pop-art-ish tiled mosaic mural celebrates New York City and covers the airport’s largest interior wall.


And “Shorter than the Day,” by Sarah Sze, is a monumental sculpture made of hundreds of images that form a sphere that appears to float in mid-air.


Things are definitely looking up for LaGuardia Airport and for anyone traveling to or from New York.

Coronavirus brings more bad news for travelers.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is bringing with it a lot of fast-breaking, bad news for travelers and the travel industry.

Over the weekend, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines announced the temporary suspension of flights to Milan, Italy and United Airlines announced a temporary suspension of flights to Tokyo Narita, Osaka Singapore and Seoul.

And, because travelers are holding back on buying new plane tickets, on Sunday American Airlines announced it will join JetBlue and Alaska Airlines in offering a change fee waiver on new tickets purchased in the next two weeks.

Alaska Airlines also shared some notes about the efforts it is taking to keep planes clean and passengers safe.

The airline says using wipes to clean armrests and tray tables is fine, but they’re asking passengers not to use cleaning wipes on the leather seats because commercial wipes will deteriorate the top coat of leather.

“The wipe might look dirty, ” says Alaska, “but it’s actually the leather dye color that’s coming off.”

Bad news for travelers may keep coming for a while, so it was refreshing to have Saturday Night Live do this silly bit about traveling through New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

JetBlue’s charming Marine Air Terminal at LGA

Marine Air Termional at LGA – courtsey Library of Congress

In New York, JetBlue moved all of its LaGuardia Airport flights to Terminal A – the historic Marine Air Terminal – in December 2017.

Courtesy JetBlue

18 flights a day now operate out of this space, which offers passengers a private-terminal feel, a Mamava nursing pod, a CIBO Express Market with plenty of New York-themed souvenirs and Salotto, a farm to table Italian restaurant created by the airport hospitality company, OTG.

To celebrate the first year of operations at the LGA’s Marine Air Terminal, JetBlue and OTG hosted a terminal tour and tasting lunch at Salotto.

Here are some snaps from the day.

Historic rotunda at LGA Marine Air Terminal – Harriet Baskas

Passengers enter the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia through the historic rotunda and pass under “Flight,” a circular Works Progress Administration (WPA) mural by artist James Brooks that was completed in 1942, covered over in the 1950s, but restored in 1980.

Courtesy JetBlue

Check-in and the security checkpoint areas are just beyond the rotunda.

photo Harriet Baskas

A CIBO Express market with plenty of grab-n-go items and New York- themed souvenirs is on the short ramp leading up to the gate areas.

Cibo Express at JetBlue Marine Air Terminal A at LaGuardia. Photo Harriet Baskas

Lounge seating, the 4-gate hold area and OTG’s farm to table Italian restaurant, Salotto, are at the top of the ramp.

Photo Harriet Baskas


In addition to an extensive list of cocktails (starting with an aperol spritz; end with an espresso martini), Salotto’s menu offers a wide range of appetizers (try ricotta toast or the meatballs), sandwiches and more than a dozen varieties of good-sized Neopolitan-style, fresh-made pizzas that range in price from $9 to $16.