LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA, ICAO: KLGA, FAA LID: LGA) is an airport serving New York City, New York, United States, located on the waterfront of Flushing Bay, and borders the neighborhoods of Astoria, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst in the borough of Queens. The airport was originally named Glenn L. Curtiss Airport, then later named for Fiorello LaGuardia, a former mayor of New York. In 1960, it was voted the “greatest airport in the world” by the worldwide aviation community. “LaGuardia Airport” is the official name of the airport according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the facility.
LaGuardia is the smallest of the New York area’s three primary commercial airports, the other two of which are John F. Kennedy International Airport in southern Queens and Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. LaGuardia is popular due to its central location and proximity to Manhattan. In spite of the airport’s small size, wide-body aircraft once visited regularly; the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and Lockheed L-1011 were even specifically designed for use at LaGuardia. Today, there are no scheduled widebody flights, though occasionally Delta rotates a Boeing 767-300 in for one of its many Atlanta flights. The airport serves as a focus city for Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and US Airways.
Most flights from LaGuardia go to destinations within the US and Canada, as well as service to Aruba, the Bahamas and Bermuda. Contrary to popular belief, the airport does indeed have INS/FIS facilities capable of processing customs and immigration on arriving international flights; however, the facilities are insufficient to efficiently handle the number of passengers that a non-precleared scheduled airline service would require.