American Airlines is now promoting their Chicago – New York LaGuardia flights as a ‘shuttle’ along with LaGuardia – Boston and Washington National.
The problem that American faces at LaGuardia — and this hampers all of their shuttle flights, not just Chicago — is that their operations are now consolidated out of the Central Terminal (also known as ‘Terminal B’). And while construction at the airport has been a disaster all around, nowhere more so than for passengers at the Central Terminal. Put another way you really don’t want to land at LaGuardia’s Central Terminal.
LaGuardia isn’t well-connected to public transportation. When you land you’re probably taking a taxi (and queues can be long), arranging a car service, or pulling up Uber or Lyft. However car services and app-based transportation no longer pick you up at the terminal. When you arrive you have to take a shuttle bus to a separate lot for pickup.
— LaGuardia Airport (@LGAairport) April 5, 2017
This is hardly new but:
- the problem is compounded for American moving their shuttle operations to the Central terminal in recent months
- American isn’t alone in operating from this terminal (United, Southwest, and Air Canada fly from there as well) but they’re affected most
Delta’s Shuttle has a competitive advantage just by not being based in the Central Terminal.
Two and a half years ago I wrote that LaGuardia redevelopment would be a disaster. And it is.