JFK Airport’s new $4.2B terminal to transform passenger experience

A rendering showing a roadside view of John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport’s new Terminal 6. Photos courtesy Port Authority NY NJ

John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport’s new $4.2 billion Terminal 6 will furnish a 111,484-m2 (1.2-million-sf) space with 10 new gates—including nine wide-body gates—bright and airy check-in halls, and arrival areas for a transformed customer experience.

Replacing an underutilized aircraft parking and integrating Terminal 7, which will be demolished and then rebuilt, the new terminal will also include dining and shopping spaces, airline lounges, and recreational spaces, as well as custom art works. Technological integrations will improve the customer experience with touchless technology from check-in to gates, and new digital systems—all employed to streamline the passenger journey throughout the terminal.

Advanced security systems will include automated TSA security lanes, biometric-based access control systems, and a flexible design to accommodate future technology and/or regulatory changes. A convenient taxi plaza as well as designated for-hire vehicle pick-up areas will be shared with Terminal 5, substantially reducing traffic congestion on the terminal road frontage, and maximizing connectivity across the airport.

A rendering of the John F. Kennedy (JFK)’s check-in lobby in Terminal 6. Photos courtesy Port Authority NY NJ

Approved by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) last year, the project is being developed by JFK Millennium Partners (JMP); a consortium comprising Vantage Airport Group, American Triple I (ATI), and JetBlue. JMP has selected the construction management firm AECOM Hunt as its design-build partner for the delivery of the new terminal, which is to be built in two parts, with part one focusing on design and preconstruction services resulting from a collaboration between the developer and the design-builder to come up with the design. Part two will focus on the construction of the terminal, set to begin early next year, with the first gates to open for service in 2026. Completion for this project is scheduled for 2028.

As part of the agreement with JFK Millennium Partners, the Port Authority will commit $130 million in capital funding to build enabling infrastructure for the new Terminal 6, including airside improvements and utility enhancements, such as electrical support for the project. Enhanced airside aircraft circulation will reduce congestion and delays, while roadway improvements will optimize airport traffic flow.

A rendering of the customs and border protection area at Terminal 6. Photos courtesy Port Authority NY NJ

In addition to JetBlue, Lufthansa Group will also make its home in the new Terminal 6, operating international flights out of several gates and creating a world-class lounge experience for guests travelling on its airlines, including Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines.

Terminal 6 development is just one part of a multi-year, billion-dollar redevelopment of JFK International.

“JFK International, the nation’s door to the world, will soon be worthy of New Yorkers, providing an unparalleled passenger experience,” says Kathy Hochul, New York governor. “This historic $18 billion investment will not only transform JFK into a world-class airport, but also create 4000 jobs in the process, and I thank everyone who put in the years of hard work to move this project forward.”

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