It is difficult to believe that New York City, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, offers such a distinctly negative experience to those flying in to the two airports in Queens. LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports are consistently ranked as some of the worst in the world for travel experiences, and it is absolutely incredible that these conditions have been allowed to continue for so long.
We are pleased that Gov. Cuomo – himself a hometown Queens native – has decided to speed up renovation projects at the two Borough airports, and we hope that the promises he made during his State of the State speech last week brings some positive changes to the situation.
But while the airport projects show promise from the State, we still need to see a commitment to keeping people in the Borough when they fly in to these airports. Queens has any number of attractions, including a burgeoning arts and entertainment community, cuisine and culture from all over the world and historic landmarks.
With a new Borough President who has vowed to be a vocal proponent for Queens, and a new Mayor who has promised a focus on the outer boroughs, we hope that the time to focus on Queens is now.