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Construction of a $4.2 Billion New Terminal 6 at JFK in New York Will Begin in Early 2023


Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that early next year will see the start of construction on a brand-new, $4.2 billion terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York. 

This project will complete the airport’s transformation into a 21st-century global gateway and is the last component of the JFK Vision to transform JFK International into a modern airport with exceptional amenities, expanded taxiways, gate capacity, cutting-edge security, and simplified roadway access. With shared exterior facilities, the terminal, Terminal 6, will connect to JetBlue’s Terminal 5 to better serve passengers. 

An environmental permit from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been obtained for the new 10-gate, 1.2-million-square-foot Terminal 6, which is anticipated to service its first passengers in 2026 before being fully completed in 2028. 

JFK Terminal 6 Project – Key Highlights 

  • The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved a lease for the project in 2021, and the JFK Millennium Partners consortium is financing it privately. 
  • The would be completed in two phases, with the first new gates opening in 2026 and completion expected in 2028, according to a press release. 
  • The 1.2 million square foot building will have 10 gates, an arrivals, and departures hall, new contactless technology, and more than 100,000 square feet of retail space for stores and restaurants once it is finished. 
  • The new Terminal 6 will have architectural attributes that reflect New York landmarks and public artwork created by New York-based artists. 
  • With a new taxi plaza and a designated pick-up area for hired rides like Uber and Lyft that will be shared with Terminal 5, the project will also seek to significantly reduce traffic congestion on the terminal frontage road. 
  • Inclusion of Automated TSA security lanes and biometric-based access control systems. 
  • According to the press release, the project is expected to generate jobs, and union construction positions, and it will aim for more than 30% participation from minority- and women-owned businesses. 
  • Port Authority is committing $130 million in capital funding as part of the agreement with JFK Millennium Partners to pay for infrastructure upgrades for the new terminal, including utility upgrades and road improvements. 
  • JetBlue and Lufthansa Group will operate international flights from several gates on its airlines, including Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines, at the new Terminal 6. 

The JFK renovation plan was first revealed in January 2017, showing eight terminals to be combined into one unified airport with terminal complexes on the north and south sides. Roadways, ground transportation, and airport amenities were also expected to get better. The number of passengers using the airport is predicted to rise by 15 million annually. 

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly slowed down and delayed the Terminal 6 project at JFK International, according to Cotton. The original agreement broke down, and the anticipated ground-breaking in April 2020 never took place because of the financial uncertainty brought on by COVID. 

The JFK International Airport expansion of Terminal 6, also known as “The New Terminal One,” is one of the most significant public-private partnerships in the history of American aviation between Vantage Airport Group Ltd and Corsair Infrastructure. 

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