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LaGuardia Ranks Last in Amenities at Top 20 Airports

Stocks in this article: AAMRQ.PKDALJBLU

The Port Authority "and its aviation partners have committed more than $6 billion in improvements to JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports in recent years, including upgrades to terminals, taxiway improvements to reduce on-the-ground delays and additional customer service representatives to help passengers," said spokesman Ron Marsico.

"The agency is planning new terminals at LaGuardia and Newark Liberty, exploring a direct PATH rail link to Newark Liberty and reviewing its existing Wi-Fi contract to see if changes can be made," Marsico said.

Of course, Global Gateway's list of four amenities is not the only way to rank airports. Overall airport appearance also matters a lot to passengers. Like many airports, the New York airports combine both beautiful areas and ugly ones.

LaGuardia and JFK ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in our 2010 survey of the ugliest airports in the U.S., but both are better now, particularly JFK, where Delta (DAL) opened a spectacular new terminal in May.

In fact, two JFK terminals -- American's (AAMRQ.PK) Terminal Eight and JetBlue's (JBLU) Terminal Five -- made our 2010 list of the six most beautiful U.S. airport terminals.

" We know that the Port Authority and airline partners are committed to improving NYC area airports, and offering enhanced passenger amenities is a vital part of doing so," Sigmund said. "Each of these items carries costs, and we believe there are funding sources like corporate sponsorships and private investment available to help offset those costs."

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-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.

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