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JFK Airport Redevelopment Project Updates

The agreement for The New Terminal One (NTO) from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the redevelopment of JFK Airport has officially been updated as announced by Governor Kathy Hochul.

A group of financial backers Wants to construct a 2.4 million square foot state-of-the-art new international terminal on the south side of John F. Kennedy International Airport. The US$9.5 billion improvements will be developed in stages and will generate more than 10,000 jobs. They are the Port Authority’s fourth major terminal project announced as part of a comprehensive transformation of JFK into a world-class airport befitting of New York and the area.

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When finished, the new Terminal One will be the largest international terminal at JFK and will rank among the world’s top airport terminals. The Port Authority will renovate and modernize infrastructure such as roads, parking, and utilities, including a new electrical substation, as part of the project.

The New Terminal One will be erected on the locations of the present undersized and outmoded Terminal 1, the 59-year-old Terminal 2, and the previous Terminal 3, which was demolished in 2013. The new terminal’s construction is anticipated to begin in mid-2022, with the first phase, which includes a new arrivals and departures hall and the first set of new gates, due to open in 2026.

Over 10,000 jobs are estimated to be created as a consequence of the building of The New Terminal One, including more than 6,000 union construction positions.

More on the history of the JFK Airport redevelopment project

The project was supposed to begin construction in 2020. The agreement’s conditions have to be revised because of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on air travel. The revamped agreement announced today is a significant step forward in the ambitious goal to turn JFK into a united, 21st-century global gateway.

The new terminal will be developed in stages, depending on international passenger traffic levels, with a final completion date of around 2030. Following a competitive review of leasing proposals, the Port Authority entered into exclusive negotiations in October 2018 for the development of two major new international terminals, one on each side of the airport, to lead the transformation of JFK and increase the airport’s capacity to accommodate projected growth.

March 2021

JFK Airport construction to create 20,000 jobs, New York

New JFK Airport construction deals for a US$15 billion modernization project of the airport that was recently announced after New York City extended the airport’s lease to 2060 create 20,000 jobs. The project will require 30% minority hires and 7% women hires across all construction trades with a higher 40% minority hires among Laborers; best efforts to hire from zip codes around JFK Airport followed by all of Queens.

The New York Mayor, Bill De Blasio signed an emergency executive order to extend the Port Authority’s lease at JFK Airport from 2050 to 2060 without ULURP. Working with Rep. Meeks and Queens Borough President Richards, and building on the work of the JFK Redevelopment Community Advisory Council appointed in October 2018, the leaders helped secure the community benefits package and a commitment that the Port Authority will require the projects be subject to Project Labor Agreements.

Plans to redevelop the airport in Queens stalled last year as the coronavirus pandemic decimated passenger numbers and airline revenue worldwide. The airport’s operator, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, spent the past year renegotiating deals with private-sector consortiums of airlines, terminal operators, and developers, who were expected to finance more than US$10 billion of the redevelopment plans. But the negotiations were hindered by the airport lease, which was set to expire in 2050, leaving investors with too little time to complete lengthy construction projects, recoup costs and make a profit.

The JFK airport redevelopment was supposed to begin in the middle of 2020, scheduled to be completed by 2025. Ben Branham, the Port Authority spokesman said the lease extension should help the agency restructure deal terms and begin construction in the second half of this year. Under the current airport lease, the Port Authority pays the city just over US$150 million annually. The extension provides for an additional US$5 million a year, the Port Authority said.

Dec 2021

US$ 1.5bn JFK Airport Terminal 4 expansion breaks ground

(John F. Kennedy International Airport) JFK Airport Terminal 4 expansion project has officially broken ground. Despite the setbacks faced during the Covid pandemic, this expansion project will now take place, as a result of the revised agreement between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Delta Air Lines, and the Terminal 4 operator, JFK International Air Terminal. 

JFK Airport Terminal 4 to have 10 new domestic gates

The privately funded JFK Airport Terminal 4 expansion was initially planned to be a $3.8 billion expansion for 16 gates but has now been downsized to a $1.5 billion expansion and modernization project; which will increase the terminal’s size by an additional 150,000 square feet of space and add 10 new domestic gates. This expansion is slated for completion by 2023 and once completed, this new facility will serve in consolidating all of Delta’s operations.

This JFK Airport Terminal 4 expansion project also covers remodeling of the arrival and departure halls, to enable the integration of new ticketing and baggage check technology; the renovation of existing concourses; and also upgrading the roadways to improve access for vehicles. Other upgrades and modifications will also be carried out on the restrooms, baggage claim, and arrival areas; including, the installation of new retail finishes and public arts.

Additionally, charging stations will be installed at the new gates, which will provide energy-saving electric ground service equipment that can be used throughout the terminal. 

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York pointed out that the economic impact of the JFK Airport Terminal 4 expansion would last for decades, and also buttress New York’s leading position in welcoming visitors from abroad, as well as those returning home.

Khaleel Anderson, an assembly member, also spoke in favor of the JFK Airport Terminal 4 expansion project; which is expected to create more than 1,500 total jobs, including about 1,000 union construction jobs. Anderson mentioned that projects like this were important to drive down unemployment rates and assist in providing an equitable recovery for the communities that faced the most difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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