LaGuardia Airport

LaGuardia Airport ,is an airport in the northern part of the New York City borough of Queens. The airport is on the waterfront of Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay, in East Elmhurst and borders the neighborhoods of East Elmhurst, Astoria, andJackson Heights.

The New York City metropolitan area’s JFK International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International airports combine to create the largest airport system in the United States, second in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and first in the world in terms of total flight operations. In 2011 the airport handled 24.1 million passengers; In 2013, LaGuardia Airport had a strong growth in passenger traffic; about 26.7 million passengers used the airport, a 6.6 percent increase from the previous year. JFK handled 50.4 million[1] and Newark handled 35 million, a total of about 112 million travelers using New York airports; the second highest of any city in the world after London, United Kingdom.

The airport is a hub for Delta Air Lines and a focus city for American Airlines and regional affiliate American Eagle.

LaGuardia is the busiest airport in the United States without any non-stop service to Europe. A perimeter rule prohibits nonstop flights to or from points beyond 1,500 statute miles (2,400 km). Exceptions to the perimeter rule are flights on Saturdays and flights to Denver. Most transcontinental flights use JFK or Newark as do all international flights except those from precleared Canadian airports within the perimeter. There is no border control facility at the airport.

The airport was originally named Glenn H. Curtiss Airport after aviation pioneer Glenn Hammond Curtiss then renamed North Beach Airport, The official name after New York City’s takeover and reconstruction was New York Municipal Airport–LaGuardia Field, then in 1953 named solely “LaGuardia Airport” for Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York when the airport was built.

LaGuardia has also been criticized for some of its outdated facilities. Vice President Joe Biden compared LaGuardia to a “third world country” and the airport has been ranked in numerous customer surveys as the worst in the United States. Among pilots, it is referred to as “USS LaGuardia”, because the runways are short and surrounded by water, thus giving the feel of attempting to land on an aircraft carrier.

LaGuardia is the busiest airport in the United States without any non-stop service to Europe. A perimeter rule prohibits nonstop flights to or from points beyond 1,500 statute miles (2,400 km). Exceptions to the perimeter rule are flights on Saturdays and flights to Denver. Most transcontinental flights use JFK or Newark as do all international flights except those from  Canadian airports within the perimeter. There is no border control facility at the airport.

The airport was originally named Glenn H. Curtiss Airport after aviation pioneer Glenn Hammond Curtiss then renamed North Beach Airport, The official name after New York City’s takeover and reconstruction was New York Municipal Airport–LaGuardia Field, then in 1953 named solely “LaGuardia Airport” for Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York when the airport was built.

LaGuardia has also been criticized for some of its outdated facilities. Vice President Joe Biden compared LaGuardia to a “third world country” and the airport has been ranked in numerous customer surveys as the worst in the United States. Among pilots, it is referred to as “USS LaGuardia”, because the runways are short and surrounded by water, thus giving the feel of attempting to land on an aircraft carrier.

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