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USAIR DEDICATES NEW LAGUARDIA AIRPORT TERMINAL

 USAIR DEDICATES NEW LAGUARDIA AIRPORT TERMINAL
 NEW YORK, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- USAir, New York's largest


carrier, has unveiled its new $200 million, 400,000-square-foot terminal complex at LaGuardia Airport. More than 70,000 travelers per week -- half of all travelers using LaGuardia -- fly on USAir and will now use the new terminal which features sweeping expanses of glass and traveler-friendly features.
 USAir Chairman, President and CEO Seth Schofield, New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, New York City Deputy Mayor Barry Sullivan, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman Richard Leone were keynote speakers at today's official ribboncutting ceremony and opening celebration.
 The first flights out of the new terminal will be on Saturday, Sept. 12. The new terminal will consolidate USAir, USAir Express and the USAir Shuttle operations under one roof.
 "This spacious new terminal will enhance the quality of our service at LaGuardia and give USAir the premiere facility for air travel in the New York area," said Schofield. "With nearly 200 flights daily to more than 45 destinations, USAir is the number one carrier at LaGuardia. USAir has significantly increased flights at LaGuardia over the past year. The new terminal will give our travelers the benefit of great connecting opportunities."
 Schofield said: "The new terminal is the result of a strong partnership between USAir, local and state government agencies and the greater New York City communities we serve." He noted that the terminal project was started by the former Eastern Airlines, later taken over by Continental, and then assumed by USAir in early 1992. "Since then, USAir, the architect, general contractor, Port Authority and other groups have worked together on a fast-track to complete the construction."
 Leone said: "Today is a milestone in the most significant improvement program at LaGuardia Airport in 25 years. I applaud USAir for their $200 million investment. By investing in this airport, USAir is investing in jobs and the future of this region."
 The terminal complex features soaring glass walls, a 500-foot main lobby atrium with 54 ticketing positions and 20 boarding gates, eight capable of handling widebody aircraft. Passengers have a maximum 10-minute walk between the farthest gates along a 40-foot-wide concourse designed for uncrowded access even during peak travel periods.
 State-of-the-art Flight Information Display monitors in eight locations, as well as other electronic monitor systems for baggage and gate information, speed passengers on their way.
 Passengers have access to 1,000 seats and 200 telephones. An 18,500-square-foot food court offers dining selections from Anton's, Sbarro, McDonald's, Wok & Roll and Everything Yogurt. Anton's also has a second facility on the concourse. USAir requires that all vendors charge "street" prices, to make the dining more affordable.
 The terminal offers unique shopping options. The USAir Gift Shop has USAir logo items for sale, such as clothing, model aircraft, golf accessories and more. Other stores include: Paradies, Benjamin Book, The Grove, Hudson News, The Coffee Beanery, Bodyography and Sam Goody. Many stores are now open, others will open over the next several weeks, and more stores will be added over the next few months. Passengers can do their banking at NYCE and American Express automatic teller machines, starting Sept. 30. Several of the restaurants and shops are minority owned and operated.
 For business travelers, the USAir Club provides its members with more than 7,500 square feet of quiet, comfortable space. The largest club to date on the USAir system, it features conference rooms, fax machines, computers and copiers. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall gives members a panoramic view of aircraft ramp and runway operations.
 On the lower level of the terminal, there are five separate baggage carousels, three for USAir and USAir Express and two for the USAir Shuttle. A four-lane roadway in front of the terminal provides easy access to the Grand Central Parkway.
 A 52-foot-high USAir control tower, located above the main passenger concourse, serves as an operational nerve center, directing the flow of traffic in the ramp areas for USAir and other carriers at LaGuardia. This tower concept is in use at major USAir hubs, including Charlotte and Pittsburgh.
 USAir tower personnel from the operations, maintenance, catering, and customer service departments coordinate flights and passenger needs to get flights out on time. For example, if more meals are needed on a flight due to a substantial last-minute increase in passengers, personnel work together to provide the additional meals and keep the flight on schedule.
 More than 660 USAir and 380 USAir Shuttle employees work in the new terminal, including customer service, fleet service, maintenance, USAir Club and administrative personnel. The shuttle employment number also includes shuttle pilots and flight attendants based at LaGuardia.
 The design of the new terminal was created by the architectural firm of William Nicholas Bodouva & Associates of New York. Bodouva said, "The architectural goals were not only to create a highly convenient and functional building for USAir passengers, but also to create a building where highly visible exteriors would express the soaring nature of air travel and whose interior would be as light and airy and uplifting as the flight itself."
 The terminal is the only building at LaGuardia built to withstand earthquakes and floods. The terminal mechanical rooms have "submarine-type" watertight doors. The terminal sits on 1,200 concrete piles with an average depth of 180 feet, with some piles as deep as 280 feet.
 The general contractor and project manager was Morse Diesel International of New York. More than 149 contractors, 24 percent of which were minority contractors, expended over a million man hours of labor on the terminal construction. The facility contains 133 million pounds of concrete, 300 miles of electrical wiring and conduit, 11,000 square yards of carpet and 13,000 square feet of porcelain tile.
 The following cities are served nonstop from LaGuardia on the USAir system, and travelers from these cities will use the new terminal: Albany, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Bermuda, Binghamton, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington, Charleston, S.C., Charlotte, Charlottesville, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Groton/New London, Harrisburg, Hartford, Indianapolis, Ithaca, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisville, Manchester, N.H., Miami, New Orleans, Newburgh, Norfolk, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Maine, Providence, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Rochester, State College, Syracuse, Tampa, Washington, West Palm Beach and Worcester.
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