The Port Authority has broken ground on a transformative $19 billion dollar public/private redevelopment program to build a new John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) with two giant new terminals, expansion and modernization of existing terminals, streamlined roadways, popular local retail and dining, and stunning New York artwork — all to provide our customers with the world-class travel experience they deserve.

We are entering the heavy construction phase, and while we rebuild, we apologize for the inconvenience as we completely transform JFK into a world-class gateway. If you are planning to travel from the airport, we recommend that you sign up for Port Authority Alerts or visit our Construction Impacts page for updates and tips for navigating the airport.

Transforming JFK into a Modern 21st Century Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is one of the busiest airports in the nation and is an indispensable part of global travel and the region’s economy. The airport handles nearly 62 million passengers a year, supports 280,000 jobs, and generates more than $51 billion in sales and $17.1 billion in wages. It is an essential component of the world’s air transportation system and a regional economic driver.

The New JFK

  • Unified terminal layout
  • World-class amenities
  • Redesigned on-airport traffic pattern
  • Centralized ground transportation options
  • Expanded taxiways and gate capacity
  • State-of-the-art security
  • First new airport facilities opened in 2022

JFK Redevelopment Program


Direct Jobs and


Total Jobs


With $3.9 Billion in PA Capital Plan

and $15+ Billion in
Private Funding


Across All Program Elements


For Local Residents



Vision For The Future

To accommodate the dramatic expected growth at JFK airport and to keep New York’s economy moving forward,  the Governor’s Airport Advisory Panel developed a “Vision Plan” to transform JFK into a leading global airport.

The Vision Plan provides a strategic framework for the Port Authority and its partners to completely redevelop, modify and expand existing facilities and infrastructure. The aggressive, forward-facing master plan and the project, called the JFK Redevelopment Program, provides for staged redevelopment.

Once completed, the transformed JFK will provide an outstanding world-class experience to customers, optimized land and airspace use, expanded economic opportunities for the Borough of Queens and the region, and continued economic development for our neighbors through job creation, and environmental stewardship of local wildlife and preservation of recreation.

JFK Vision Plan PDF Cover page

JFK 101

John F. Kennedy International Airport opened in 1948 as New York International Airport but was commonly known as Idlewild Airport.
  • The number of passengers by years:

1961 – 10 million

2018 – 60 million

2024 – 63 million

2030 – 75 million projected

  • Directly employs 37,000 workers
  • Generates more than $16 billion in wages and nearly 300,000 jobs across the region
  • 4 runways
  • 4,930 acres