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Letter: Maintain parking as LaGuardia Airport is redone

Laguardia Airport, pictured here on Jan. 26, 2015,

Laguardia Airport, pictured here on Jan. 26, 2015, was deemed the worst airport in North America in a survey of passengers from around the world. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Bruce Bennett

Don’t get me wrong. No one is happier than me that LaGuardia Airport is going to get a long-overdue makeover [“A new future for LaGuardia,” Editorial, June 12]. The airport has been a big part of my life.

When I was 10 or 11, the central terminal was my playground. Coins I found in pay phones paid for lunch and a ballgame on many a summer Saturday. I’ve also been there hundreds of times as a regular business traveler in the last 40 years.

What concerns me, however, is the worsening state of parking there during what will be years of construction.

Travelers are being directed to a remote lot near the Marine Air Terminal. When the new Terminal C garage was being built, Lot 4 was overwhelmed — frequently full — and remote Lot 5 was just about full.

My request is that the reconstruction planners do not treat parking as an afterthought. I hope they do their utmost to provide real-time information about availability, along with clear, well-placed signs to direct us to available spaces and, perhaps, some additional off-property parking with frequent and predictable shuttles to the terminals.

Tom Blewitt, Port Jefferson