Between August and December, Terminal B’s concession partners hired 374 employees; 55 percent of them are from Queens.
“The redevelopment at LaGuardia is transforming the airport into a modern, global gateway for New York, and is providing meaningful jobs to Queens residents at the world-class concessions servicing the new gates,” Cuomo said. “The airport is a critical engine for New York’s economy, and is now translating into local economic opportunity as well.”
The new Terminal B houses 18 gates and other amenities. It’s the first part of the airport’s $8 billion redevelopment.
The governor also announced that the project has given 849 total contracts, with a combined value of nearly $1.15 billion, to minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs).
The local hiring resulted from outreach efforts by the Port Authority and the LaGuardia Redevelopment Community Outreach team, which has hosted or participated in more than 25 job fairs across the borough.
Last July, Cuomo also announced $1.4 million for the Council for Airport Opportunity (CAO) to build a new office in East Elmhurst to work with local organizations like Elmcor and NHS of Queens on local hiring.
Delta Air Lines, which is now building the new Terminal C, is also collaborating with CAO and concessions partners on local hiring targets.
“The $8 billion development of a Whole New LGA presents Queens residents a wide variety of opportunities to advance their careers,” said Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority. “Queens residents will get many more opportunities to begin or continue aviation careers at the new LaGuardia as the ongoing redevelopment continues to hit key milestones.”
Many of the new hires work as managers, supervisors, sales associates, cashiers, cooks and bartenders, according to the Port Authority.
New employees will also earn more. Last September, the Port Authority adopted a new $19 an hour minimum wage that will be phased in by 2023. Up to 40,000 airport workers will see their wages go up.
Local elected officials praised the local hiring initiative by the airport redevelopment team.
“The impact of LaGuardia Airport’s redevelopment on the local community is significant,” said Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry. “One of the positive elements is the jobs local residents have accessed. The partnership between Elmcor and NHS with the Council for Airport Opportunity is working.”