Donald Trump created some turbulence over the weekend by comparing LaGuardia Airport to a “Third World country” – but even the head of the agency that operates the Queens facility couldn’t discount the criticism Monday.
“This is recently the only thing [Trump’s] actually been somewhat right about,” Port Authority boss Chris Ward told the Daily News.
Despite pushback from some local politicians about Trump’s perceived slight to New York, the real estate mogul stood by his remarks Monday, telling amNewYork that airports in countries such as Qatar in the Middle East have far superior terminals than what the Big Apple boasts.
“I think it’s very unfair to New York,” said Trump, who’s toying with a possible presidential run in 2012. “This is terrible. The people at the Port Authority and LaGuardia tell you the same thing.”
Ward has previously said that LaGuardia, once the world’s premiere airport, should be razed and rebuilt in favor of a state-of-the-art operation. Plans to do so have been tabled because of the cost, he said.
The Port Authority did not return a call seeking comment.
Kathryn Wylde, president of the nonprofit Partnership for New York City, which advocates for airport improvements, said referring to LaGuardia as “Third World” is harsh.
“The problem is that the demand on the airport is so great that it desperately needs a technology upgrade,” Wylde said.