In an effort to improve both operations and accessibility to New York’s busiest airport, Governor Andrew Cuomo has endorsed a $13 Billion plan overhaul and transform John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The ambitious plan includes the replacement of terminals 1, 2, and 7 with conglomerated North and South terminals to help simplify and improve the traveler experience. Consolidated areas will also be able to accommodate more visitors, larger aircraft, and include more accessible areas for disabled and elderly travelers. Travelers who commute using public transportation will have access to larger and more frequent AirTrain shuttles.
New renderings, revealed by Curbed, give a first look of interior green spaces, New York-centric installations, and windowed ceiling enclosures that promote the flow of natural light. The master planning team is being led by Mott MacDonald and Grimshaw Architects.
More than 90% of the project cost will be funded by airliners who use the airport. The South terminal will reportedly be funded by Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air Lines, and Lufthansa. Jet Blue, alone, will fund development of the North terminal. A small portion of of the cost will be funded by taxpayers for new roads, overpasses, and infrastructure to accommodate a great increase in traffic.
Construction is expected to begin by 2020 with completion by 2025.