The Port Authority announced last week that John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 8 will receive an $344 million overhaul. The fix-up is part of a $13 billion redevelopment of New York’s primary international gateway.
“Today, we are seeing the JFK transformation project is well under way, with an extraordinary private investment that will turn JFK into a truly modern airport,” said New York Gov Andrew Cuomo.
The Terminal 8 work is set to be funded by American Airlines with British Airways serving as a tenant airline, a Port Authority spokesman said. The terminal is owned by American Airlines Group Inc. it will reportedly add 70,000 square feet to its 1.5 million square feet, the Port Authority said, and should have five wide-body gates to allow for more trans-Atlantic flights.
The modernization effort was first announced in October by Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. The vision for the new airport includes new taxiways and roadways as well as additional gates and vast, new light-filled terminals.
In announcing the plan, Cuomo noted, “While leaders in Washington talk about investing in infrastructure, we’re actually doing it at historic levels and the transformation of JFK Airport into a 21st century transportation hub will ensure New York remains the nation’s front door to the world. 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.”
Added Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, “We know how powerful investing in infrastructure can be as a boost to our economy and a driver of job creation. Here in New York we have transformed our state with record investments in infrastructure, especially at our airports. This latest plan for the modernization of JFK will build upon our efforts to improve the transportation network of this world-class facility, and enhance the traveler experience.”
The Governor’s JFK Vision Plan calls for an overhaul of the airport’s hodgepodge of eight disparate terminal sites into one unified JFK Airport by demolishing old terminals, utilizing vacant space, and modernizing on-airport infrastructure, while incorporating the latest in passenger amenities and technological innovations. “The Vision Plan also calls for increasing the number and size of gates, improving parking availability, an array of airside taxiway improvements to allow for bigger planes and reduced gate congestion, upgrading the AirTrain JFK system to handle increased passenger capacity, and enhanced roadways on and off the airport. This includes better access to JFK from regional roadways, particularly the Van Wyck Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway, including the Kew Gardens Interchange,” Cuomo’s office said.
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