Governor Kathy Hochul just announced today’s historic groundbreaking of JFK Airport’s New Terminal One. The billion dollar project will become the largest terminal at JFK International Airport, and is set to open its first new gates by 2026.
The construction follows a revised agreement between Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New Terminal One (NTO) that was made last year.
The project, funded privately by the NTO consortium which includes financial partners Carlyle, JLC Infrastructure, and Ullico, will total $9.5 billion and make way for a 2.4 million square foot international terminal “that will anchor the south side of John F. Kennedy International Airport,” shared the press release.
With such an extensive project, the process will be completed in phases, creating more than 10,000 jobs. Though construction was originally set to start in 2020, the pandemic’s impact on air travel had pushed plans back.
“Our state-of-the-art renovations of New York State’s airports are critical and long overdue – especially at JFK, the nation’s front door to the world,” Governor Hochul said. “The investments we are making today will ensure all New Yorkers, and the tens of millions of people who come here every year, have a first-class travel experience tomorrow.”
The project is part of JFK’s complete transformation plan that will total up to $18 billion.
According to the release, The New Terminal One will include:
- 23 new gates
- Bright & airy check-in halls and arrival spaces
- Touchless passenger journey
- Digital passenger flow and queue management
- TSA security lanes featuring advanced video search analytics & biometric-based systems
- New York-inspired dining and retail amenities
- Lounge areas
- Indoor green space
- Family-friendly amenities
- Public art
- Electric-powered baggage tractors and belt loaders
“Today’s groundbreaking for a New Terminal One represents a significant step toward ensuring that our region remains the nation’s gateway to the world,” Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said. “When completed, this new terminal will represent another crucial step into refashioning our airports into soaring spaces that deliver passengers a world-class experience in a sustainable way while serving as economic engines for the surrounding community.”
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