Pre-pandemic, there were huge plans for JFK Airport in New York. Antiquated, and frankly – downright sad – terminals were to be torn down and replaced with larger, airy modern spaces to create a truly “first class” travel experience through one of America’s largest gateways.
Then, the pandemic came, priorities obviously shifted and all the talk of British Airways and American moving in together, and Terminal 1 becoming this epic oasis of modern travel with countless international airlines seemed to fade.
As government officials in the US look to now “build back better” with the pandemic shifting to an endemic, New York Governor, Kathy Hochul has unveiled sweeping plans to carry on with work at JFK Airport.
New York JFK Airport To Receive $18 Billion Makeover
Over $18 billion will be invested in new facilities and terminals at JFK via a new public and private partnership, with private funding coming in at a 5:1 ratio versus public.
Talks of a revolutionary Terminal 1 are now more than hyperbole, with over $9.6b being invested to create 14 new gates and a brand new terminal for the space alone.
Details remain somewhat unclear around whether previous plans to demolish T2 and T3, to create a super terminal known as T1 would go ahead. There was also previous talk of tearing down T7, to merge with T5 and the space left from what once was T6 to create another “super-terminal” on the other side of the airport.
Previous suggestions also pointed to connectivity between the new Terminal 1, with T4, so that partner airlines such as Air France, which have operated out of T1, could send feeder traffic to domestic Delta Airlines flights out of T4, and vice versa.
For now, this is exciting news, particularly since construction will begin in 2022. With all exciting future projects, things might be a bit haphazard in the interim, but JFK needed an upgrade and this one promises to be one of the most significant revamps in recent US airpot history.