LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA, ICAO: KLGA, FAA LID: LGA) is an international airport in the northern part of the New York City borough of Queens in the United States. The airport is on the waterfront of Flushing Bay and Bowery Bay in East Elmhurstand borders the neighborhoods of East Elmhurst, Astoria, and Jackson Heights.
The New York City metropolitan area’s JFK International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International airports combine to create the largest airport system in the United States, second in the world in terms of passenger traffic, and first in the world in terms of total flight operations. In 2011, the airport handled 24.1 million passengers; In 2015, LaGuardia Airport had a strong growth in passenger traffic; about 28.4 million passengers used the airport, a 1.2 percent increase from the previous year. JFK handled 56.8 million and Newark handled 37.5 million, a total of about 122.7 million travelers using New York airports.
LaGuardia is the busiest airport in the United States without any non-stop service to Europe. A perimeter rule prohibits nonstop flights to or from points beyond 1,500 statute miles (2,400 km). Exceptions to the perimeter rule are flights on Saturdays and flights to Denver. Most transcontinental flights use JFK or Newark, as do all international flights except those from airports within the perimeter that also have United States border preclearance. There is no border control facility at the airport.