FILE - In this June 20, 2014, file photo, New York City's Rikers Island jail complex, center, is seen with LaGuardia Airport on the upper left, and the Manhattan skyline in the background at center. A commission urging the city to close the massive jail complex says an option for reusing the space could be a new runway and terminal extension of LaGuardia Airport, which last year had by far the highest rate of late-arriving flights of any of the nation's 29 biggest airports. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — Travelers stuck in endless delays at New York City's congested LaGuardia Airport can feel like prisoners. Now there's a plan to liberate them by closing the city's most notorious jail.
A commission that helped persuade city officials to eventually close New York's violent jail complex on Rikers Island noted that the 400 acres could be redeveloped as a new runway and terminal extension for nearby LaGuardia.
That idea is being met positively by some who say it would help improve air service and increase capacity at an aging airport that is among the most ridiculed in America.
But skeptics scoff at the $22 billion estimated cost of the Rikers plan. They say it would increase noise over nearby neighborhoods and wouldn't solve the bigger problem of New York's congested airspace.