The latest JFK Airport construction project has been scheduled for takeoff. Beginning in 2020, the popular transportation hub will get a $13 billion facelift. The privately-financed project is expected to create more than 15,000 jobs in the region over the next 10 years.
“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 New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
JFK Airport Construction to Add 2 New Terminals
New York’s JFK Airport, which served 60 million passengers in 2017, will be getting two new international terminals as well as a central hub.
Passengers will be able to enjoy amenities, like these:
- More security screening lanes
- Larger waiting areas
- Green space
- Children’s play areas
The proposal will overhaul the current airport. It will unite eight separate terminal sites into one cohesive unit. The plan calls for the demolition of old terminals, better utilization of vacant space and a modernization of airport infrastructure.
What JFK may Look Like
On the south side, a new $7 billion, 2.9 million-square-foot terminal will house major airlines, like Lufthansa and Air France. On the north side, Jet Blue will develop a new $3 billion, 1.2 million-square-foot terminal.
- More international gates
- Retail space
- Additional airline lounges
- Recreational space
These two world-class terminals will replace decades-old, outdated terminals that have struggled to handle a rising influx of passengers. The renovations aim to help JFK deal with an expected increase of 15 million passengers over the next 12 years.
Construction will Drive Local Economic Activity
JFK Airport is a major contributor to the economic success of the New York Metropolitan area. It currently supports about 300,000 jobs, which pay $16.2 billion in annual wages. The new JFK construction project could create up to 9,600 more direct jobs, including construction jobs.
“We know how powerful investing in infrastructure can be as a boost to our economy and a driver of job creation,” said New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “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.”