February 12 2013  |  Airline & Terminal News

Eleven more gates part of JFK hub project

By Rick Lundstrom

ON THE MOVE: Bus gate at JFK's Terminal 4 links the new facility to Terminal 2


Development continues at John F. Kennedy International Airport with a US$180 million project that will add 11 gates and 75,000 square feet to Terminal 4's Concourse B.

The new project is an addition to the US$1.2 billion that has been spent at Terminal 4 improvements set for completion May. Partners in the massive project are Delta Air Lines, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, JFK International Air Terminal LLC (JFKIAT) and the Schiphol Group.

With the new expansion project, Terminal 4's Concourse B will have 27 Delta gates and replace Delta's current Terminal 2 regional jet operation. Each of the new gates will feature a dedicated boarding counter, seating area and jet bridge. All gates will be designed to accommodate two-class regional jets and provide flexibility for gating additional mainline aircraft.

The $1.2 billion expansion is 90% complete. It features nine new and seven renovated international gates; improved and renovated check-in areas, including a dedicated Sky Priority check-in area; a centralized security checkpoint; new dining and retail offerings; a 24,000 square-foot flagship Delta Sky Club with an outdoor terrace, dual taxiways for less congestion and shorter taxi times, and improved Customs and Border Protection and baggage claim facilities.

The expanded Terminal 4 will replace the outdated Terminal 3 facilities for the 11 million passengers Delta serves at JFK annually. Planners estimate the demolition of Terminal 3 to be completed in the summer 2015 to make way for aircraft parking.  

"The approval of the second phase of the expansion project is a boon to Terminal 4 and its partnership with Delta," according to Alain Maca, president of JFKIAT. "This will enable the continuity of this significant project as we continue to build for a better and bigger tomorrow."

Once the new Terminal 4 opens in May, Delta will more than double the current shuttle bus operation for passengers connecting between Terminals 2 and 4. Ten buses will carry connecting passengers between the existing bus hold rooms in Terminals 2 and 4. By September 2013, Delta will open a new 8,000 square-foot bus hold room facility adjacent to gate B20.

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