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 60 million passengers a year, supports 300,000 jobs, and generates more than $45 billion in sales and $16 billion in wages. It is an essential component of the world’s air transportation system and a regional economic driver.
In October 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $13 billion investment that will completely transform JFK into a modern 21st century airport. The announcement delineated redevelopment program specifics, which include the construction of two new world-class international terminal complexes, and construction schedules. The first new gates are planned to be operational in 2023 with projected completion in 2025.
The JFK Redevelopment Program, outlined in “A Vision Plan,” was initially unveiled by Governor Cuomo and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport, in January 2017. The Vision Plan addresses three key areas: transforming JFK into a unified, interconnected, world-class airport; improving road access to the airport; and expanding rail mass transit to meet projected passenger growth. The full plan is available here.