The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has opened a new Uber Rider Center at LaGuardia Airport and several shops and dining options at Newark Liberty and John F Kennedy (JFK) international airports as part of its ongoing US$28bn airport renovation program.
The Uber Rider Center at LaGuardia Terminal B is the first of its kind in North America and has now opened, along with the C Bar, which features a selection of draft beers and wines, and grab-and-go food.
Terminal B is operated by LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), one of the Port Authority’s two private partners in the massive redevelopment of the airport. LGP is the agency’s private partner in rebuilding the western half of the airport, while Delta is the Port Authority’s private partner in rebuilding the eastern half.
In addition to new offerings at LaGuardia, Newark Liberty is opening 22 new retail and dining outlets and JFK has opened two new international restaurants, Mi Casa Cantina and Mezze Café.
Kevin O’Toole, chairman at PANYNJ, said, “Even as our airports are undergoing massive redevelopment, the Port Authority is committed to making the travel experience better for our current customers. Over the past several months, the agency has introduced a series of important customer service initiatives to help ease the stress of traveling.”
LaGuardia’s Uber Rider Center is located at the departures level of Terminal B and is a quick two-minute walk to the rental car pick-up area.
The Uber facility will assist users of the app in finding their ride and provide phone-charging stations while they wait to be picked up.
At Newark Liberty’s Terminal B, the 22 new retail and dining outlets that are opening are a joint effort between PANYNJ and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. Three of the new vendors are already in operation with the remaining outlets opening over the coming months.