Cuomo Announces $3.8B Project at JFK


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reached an agreement on terms with Delta Air Lines for work on JFK International Air Terminal’s Terminal 4, which will result in a $3.8 billion renovation project.

The project is part of Cuomo’s bigger $13 billion effort to modernize the airport as a whole.

JFK Redevelopment Plan History

Initially unveiled in January 2017, the revamp plan for JFK revealed eight terminals to combine into one unified airport with the terminal complexes on the north and south sides. In addition, airport amenities, ground transportation and roadways are also set to improve. Overall, the airport’s capacity is estimated to increase by 15 million passengers a year.

"This historic investment to modernize JFK Airport and the surrounding transportation network will not only ease travel through this major hub, but it will ensure JFK joins the ranks as one of the finest airports in the world,” said Cuomo.

By October of that year, a team was tapped for the extension, led by United Kingdom-based firm duo Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw Architects, which is responsible for spearheading airport redesigns in London, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Zurich, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

The team also includes: TranSolutions, Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, VJ Associates, ACB Architects, EnTech Engineering, Naik Consulting, Reichman Frankle and Holmes Keogh.

A year later, Cuomo announced that the new $7 billion, 2.9 million-square-foot terminal on the airport's south side would be developed by the Terminal One Group, a consortium of four international airlines—Lufthansa, Air France, Japan Airlines and Korean Air Lines. The initial plans called for replacing JFK's Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 as well as the area left vacant when Terminal 3 was demolished in 2014. It would also be connected to the existing Terminal 4.

On the north side, the proposed new $3 billion, 1.2 million-square-foot terminal would be developed by JetBlue, which planned to demolish Terminal 7 and combine it with the vacant space where Terminal 6 was demolished in 2011. This would connect to the airline's existing Terminal 5.

New passenger facilities would also feature larger waiting areas with high ceilings, natural light and modern architecture coupled with interior green space, exhibits and art featuring iconic New York landmarks and local artists, according to officials at the time.

In July 2019, the Port Authority issued requests for the development of the new Kennedy Central Hub. The 14-acre mixed-use development will serve as a commercial and recreational epicenter for airport visitors, travelers and employees.

The RFPs for that project are anticipated in the second quarter of this year.

At the end of October, the authority approved an investment of approximately $4.5 billion for three of its major projects, including $445 million for the JFK reno. As a whole, the JFK project is expected to be achieved through a public-private partnership, in which 90% of will be covered by private funds.

What Now

The work is for the expansion and renovation of Terminal 4 the includes the addition of 16 new gates (500,000 square feet), the renovation of existing concourses and roadway upgrades.

The expansion will allow Delta to consolidate its operations to Terminal 4, instead of operating out of both Terminal 4 and Terminal 2, different from the original JFK plan.

Delta is expected to consolidate its operations into Terminal 4 in early 2023. The roadway improvements are expected to be completed in late 2025 with the other JFK Airport redevelopment projects.


Tagged categories: Airports; JFK International Airport; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; North America; Ongoing projects; Renovation; Terminals

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