Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Delta Plans $1.4B Terminal Expansion at JFK

Delta Air Lines said today it's expanding its Terminal 4 at Kennedy international Airport, with work starting in September.

Said the CEO, Richard Anderson: "Following a multi-year effort, we are very pleased to have reached a decision with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, JFKIAT and Schiphol USA."

Schiphol, a Dutch company that operates Amsterdam's much-admired Schiphol Airport, manages Terminal 4 through a U.S. subsidiary.

The usual gasbag politicians made speeches at the airport today, and I shall spare you this. Suffice to say they think the move is swell, and would not have happened without their genius.

Delta now operates predominantly out of Terminal 2 for domestic flights and Terminal 3 for international flights at JFK. The expansion of Terminal 4 will replace the outdated Terminal 3 facilities for the 11 million passengers who fly Delta at JFK annually. Delta said that customers will experience an improvement in operational performance through dual taxiways, resulting in reduced taxi times and better on-time performance. Delta is also upgrading its inter-terminal passenger connectors between Terminals 2 and 4 for faster transit between the facilities.

Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2010, with anticipated completion of phase one and relocation of Delta's Terminal 3 operations to Terminal 4 in May 2013. Delta's JFK terminal project includes the expansion of Concourse B at Terminal 4, with nine new international gates; the construction of a passenger connector between Terminal 2 and Terminal 4; expanded areas for baggage claim, Customs and Border Protection; and the demolition of Terminal 3 in May 2015. The Terminal 3 site will then be used for aircraft parking.


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