Brooklynites, other New Yorkers hail groundbreaking of new JFK Terminal
Private finance will pay cost Of terminal; PA will pay for roads, parking, utilities
Brooklynites and other New Yorkers on Thursday hailed a key milestone in the Port Authority’s transformation of JFK International Airport with the groundbreaking for a $9.5 billion, privately-financed New Terminal One.
The start of construction follows a revised agreement late last year between the Port Authority and the New Terminal One — a consortium of financial sponsors — to build the 2.4 million-square-foot new international terminal that will anchor the south side of JFK and is expected to create 10,000 jobs, including 6,000 jobs in construction.
Designed to accommodate the growing demand for international air travel, the New Terminal One will be more than twice the size of the current Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Bright and airy check-in halls and arrival spaces, advanced security technology and a state-of-the-art baggage handling system will enhance the passenger experience.
The new Terminal One will double the number of gates that currently accommodate wide-body aircraft, with 22 of the 23 new gates designed for larger aircraft that are key to international travel.