Panel charged with renovating New York's LaGuardia Airport pitches sweeping renovations

Associated Press

A design panel commissioned to renovate New York's decrepit LaGuardia Airport has recommended sweeping changes including the creation of a great hall.

Panel officials Thursday announced a new main entrance that would give travelers a "great new experience" at the busy transit hub, which opened in 1939 and served nearly 27 million passengers in 2013.

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The new entrance would be located in the central business terminal, which is slated for renovation.

The panel also recommends creating seamless connections between terminals and building a new hotel on airport grounds.

It will announce in June the winner of a design competition Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) commissioned to redesign the region's major airports.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has delayed selecting a bidder for the project while it waits for the competition to be completed.