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LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B is open for business.

American Airlines and United Airlines both began utilizing the new terminal’s Arrivals and Departures Hall this weekend.

The project is part of an $8 billion plan to revamp the busy New York airport, which handles about 30 million passengers each year. It serves as a hub for American, as well as Delta Air Lines.

“A World-class city like New York deserves a World-class airport, and we are proud to be the first legacy airline to experience the new LaGuardia including the Arrivals and Departures Hall and Terminal B gates – it’s a spectacular facility,” David Kinzelman, United’s vice president of domestic and international line stations, said in a press release.

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American says the bright and airy new terminal features an expanded assortment of shops and restaurants, among other features. The project is set to be fully completed in 2022.

After checking in using the new Arrivals and Departures Hall, American passengers can use a temporary walkway to access B, C and D gates.

“The opening of the first new Arrivals and Departures Hall is a major milestone in delivering on Governor (Andrew) Cuomo’s vision for a brand new, World-class, 21st century LaGuardia Airport that the region deserves,” Rick Cotton, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a press release.

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The opening comes at a time when air travel is greatly reduced due to the coronavirus pandemic. American, for instance, says it plans to fly just 55% of its regular schedule in July.

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