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LaGuardia’s Central Terminal Building took first place for Food and Beverage Programs at Large Airports in the Airports...

By Philip Newman

An association representing airport customer service has awarded first prize for excellence in restaurants to LaGuardia Airport.

LaGuardia’s Central Terminal Building took first place for Food and Beverage Programs at Large Airports in the Airports Council International-North America’s fourth annual Excellence in Airport Concessions contest.

LaGuardia competed against airports from other major cities including Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver. The judging was by experts in the food and beverage, retail and marketing fields.

“In repeated surveys, our customers have told us that one of our top priorities should be providing a range of restaurants offering good food at reasonable prices,” said Port Authority Aviation Director William DeCota. “This latest award clearly shows that the Port Authority is succeeding.”

Port Authority officials said they considered the award a tribute to MarketPlace Development, Inc., which was chosen by the agency to lead an $18 million development program at LaGuardia. The project calls for some 50 new shops and restaurants covering 45,000 square feet of retail space in LaGuardia’s Central Terminal.

LaGuardia previously won three first prizes in the Airport Retail News Best Airport Concessions 2001 competition judged by aviation industry experts.

Posted 7:05 pm, October 10, 2011
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