LaGuardia Airport began its aviation life in 1929 as a private landing field
named after aviator Glenn H. Curtiss. WPA-funded construction on a commercial
airport began in 1937, with the official dedication on 15 October 1939
The Central Terminal Building (Terminal B) was dedicated on 17 April 1964, with expansions in
1967 and 1992. Terminal D was build in 1983 and originally shared by Delta and Northwest.
Terminal C opened on 12 September 1992.
LGA has struggled with capacity issues throughout its existence.
In 2014 then-vice-president Joe Biden remarked that the facility was more fitting of a
third-world country. In 2015, Biden joined NY governor Andrew Cuomo for an announcement
of a $4 billion phased reconstruction of the entire terminal to bring it up to 21st century standards.
The first new gates in Terminal B opened on 1 December 2018, and when I traveled for family
visit in July of 2019 I was surprised to find my flight on Southwest served in the new facility.
Below are some scenes from the old and new terminals from a number of different trips in the 2010s.