Here’s some Delta news that’s not related to today’s ATL blackout or the cancelation of the final 747 flight…there’s a “new” Delta Sky Club at LaGuardia, but don’t get too excited! The former American Airlines Admirals Club in Terminal C was re-opened as a Delta Sky Club late last week after Delta’s consolidation of operations last weekend in Terminals C and D. The Admirals Club was the former US Airways Club and left a lot to be desired. The lounge is just after security and is small. It was renovated in 2015 with new decor and paint, but it still was one of the worst Admirals Clubs in the system. Seats do feature USB ports and power outlets, but there’s not much else. Luckily, the original Delta Sky Club is just around the corner!
Here’s the official press release:
Delta today opened a new Delta Sky Club in LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal C. Part of the airline’s commitment to its customers amid LGA’s ongoing redevelopment, this Club gives guests a new option to relax and refresh during their travels.
“With this new space, we are expanding the exceptional Delta Sky Club experience to reach more guests at LaGuardia,” said Claude Roussel, Managing Director — Delta Sky Club. “This is particularly exciting for Delta Shuttle guests who are joining us from the Marine Air Terminal and will be able to enjoy a Delta Sky Club close by at LaGuardia for the first time.”
Located next to gate C28, this Delta Sky Club features:
THE BAR at Delta Sky Club, with complimentary beverages served and premium drinks available for purchase
Seasonal cocktails and wine selected by Delta’s Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson
Exceptional runway views
Convenient location just beyond security
Additional space and comfortable seating
Fresh, seasonal and tailored food offerings available throughout the day
Further enhancements to the new Club are planned. Delta features two other Clubs at LaGuardia – in Terminal D and Terminal C.
“With the consolidation of our operation complete, opening this new Delta Sky Club is just the latest example of how we plan to take care of our customers during the historic redevelopment of LaGuardia into a next-generation transit hub,” said Henry Kuykendall, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Airport Operations, Northeast.
For a constant Delta Shuttle traveler from LGA, last weekend was quite a sad day. As of last Saturday morning, the Delta Shuttle now operates from Delta’s Terminal C at LaGuardia Airport, vacating the separate Marine Air Terminal (A) gates. That terminal had easy access from the Grand Central Parkway and getting to the gate was a breeze (despite the sometimes longer than expected security lines). I’d sometimes arrive less than 20 minutes prior to my scheduled departure. The return back to LGA was amazing too, I could be home to the city in less than 15 minutes from the Marine Air Terminal pick-up area.
The move comes as six airlines – American Airlines, American Shuttle, Delta Shuttle, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and Spirit Airlines relocate terminals at LaGuardia Airport. LGA says that “the airline relocation helps to improve the travel experience and accommodate the ongoing redevelopment to build a new unified LaGuardia with better amenities, transportation and overall customer experience.”
The move also removes American from Delta’s home at LGA. American’s Shuttle (the former US Airways Shuttle) moves from Delta’s Terminal C (the former US Airways Terminal) to Terminal B with all other American flights. Delta will now be joined by Frontier and Spirit at Terminals C / D.
The Delta Shuttle can trace its history back to the sale of Eastern Air Lines to Texas Air in February 1986. The airline was forced to divest LGA and DCA landing slots which were sold to Pan Am along with the gates at the Marine Air Terminal. Pan Am Shuttle launched in 1986 with a renovated Marine Air Terminal. Upon filing for bankruptcy in 1991, the shuttle was sold to Delta for $113M. Delta Shuttle launched on September 1, 1991.