Featured Airport of the Week: LGA

This will be the first of many posts highlighting top travel routes and airports out of Nashville International Airport (BNA).

Did you know that New York LaGuardia (LGA) is the number one route destination out of the Nashville Airport (BNA)? Despite not offering international flights, LaGuardia is a busy growing airport with plenty to do and see, so we want to be sure you don’t miss a thing.

Shopping

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If you have time to kill before you board at LGA, this airport is a great place to shop for last minute items for your trip. About to depart on a sunny vacay? Pick yourself up a pair of the hottest “sunnies” from Sunglass Hut, located in Terminal C. Check out the Lacoste and Tumi stores, located between Terminals B and C, for fab resort wear and a new bag. There are plenty of Hudson Newsstands to pick up your favorite magazines, travel snacks and beverages. You will be dressed to the nines and ready to board your flight in style, just in time for your vacation. Check out a full list of LGA shops here.

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LaGuardia has plenty of delish food options as well. In a rush? Head to the food court for classic fast restaurants like Au Bon Pain, Dunkin Donuts, Five Guys, and Villa Pizza. If you’re in the mood to sit and relax, you might order a classic French dish at Bisoux, paired with one of over 100 wines at Wibar. The beautifully designed space might make you forget you’re in the airport…so don’t miss your flight! Check out a full list of LGA restaurants here.

Beyond LGA

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If you have more than a few hours to kill, you might as well venture outside of the airport to explore The Big Apple. LaGaurdia is located in Queens and has some of the best cuisines you can only get in the city. If you have not experienced a slice of NYC pizza right in the city that has to be your first stop. While you most likely cannot go wrong with any pizza place you run across, check out Foursquare’s list of best pizza places in Queens. If it is a nice day, check out Flushing Meadows Park – a huge park with plenty to do and see. Also, you can always ask LGA’s welcome center for advice on where to go. After all, a local always knows best!

Redevelopment

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In 2014, the state of New York granted a $3.6 billion “makeover” to LGA. This is a welcome change to those who travel through LGA often and are aware of its reputation for being dark and difficult to travel though. Most of these funds are being invested in developing a new central terminal (also known as Terminal B) However, the overall vision is to make the airport more unified, bright, and comfortable to travel through. Funds will also go toward a better transportation system and more world-class amenities. The project is underway and will take a total of about seven years to complete. So keep your eyes peeled each time you fly through LGA…there will be more to come. We can’t wait!

Fun Fact: Named after politician and New York City Mayor, Fiorello La Guardia, the Laguardia airport was allegedly developed after the politician complained that he landed in New Jersey (Newark) when his ticket said “New York”.

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