Though they come with their inconveniences, everyone loves a good airport renovation—I mean look what they’ve turned LGA into! And now, one of the most stressful airports in the world, JFK International Airport, is set to get some much needed improvements.
The highly anticipated completion of JFK’s $4.6 billion Terminal 6 will be rolled out in two phases throughout the next four years. The terminal will begin servicing passengers at gates sometime in 2026, with full construction completion set for 2028.
Terminal 6 will extend 1.2 million square feet, with 10 new gates and 100,000 square feet of shopping and dining. Floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring ceilings will breathe life into the new terminal. Public Art Fund will lead the art program that will nod to NYC landmarks, showcasing pieces from local and international artists.
“Great cities need great airports,” remind JFK Millennium Partners CEO and Vantage Executive Helena Williams. “Alongside our partners at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Vantage Airport Group, ATI, RXR, and JetBlue, we are ready to deliver a terminal that transforms the guest experience, drives significant economic activity, and creates extensive opportunities for local minority and women owned businesses to make their mark at JFK International Airport, starting now and for years to come.”
In terms of technological advances, passengers will be privy to automated TSA security lines and new digital systems. Those arriving in the terminal will also have improved convenience on their journey home with a taxi plaza and communal for-hire vehicle pick-up areas to be used by Terminals 5 and 6.
“New York remains committed to providing travelers with a premier experience that includes world-class amenities, expanded and streamlined airport transportation, and state-of-the-art security,” said Governor Hochul in a statement. “The groundbreaking of Terminal 6 [in 2023] offers a complete vision for the modernized global gateway while adding 4,000 jobs to New York’s workforce.”
The same completion date is expected for the airport’s other new terminal, Terminal One, that spans 2.4 million square feet.