- Project contributes to overall vision to transform JFK Airport for the 21st century
- Allows for demolition of JFK Terminal 2
Delta, along with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and JFK International Air Terminal, the operator of JFK Terminal 4, will dramatically expand Terminal 4 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and consolidate Delta operations there, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced earlier today. The agreement to the key terms of the project marks an important step in the transformation of the airport into a 21st-century global gateway.
Subject to Board approval this week, the Port Authority will finalize and enter a lease amendment with JFK International Air Terminal for the expansion and renovation of the Terminal 4 arrivals and departures hall, the addition of 16 new gates to Concourse A, the renovation of existing concourses, and roadway upgrades to improve access for vehicles. The expansion at Terminal 4 is expected to be complete with Delta consolidating its operations in early 2023.
Ed Bastian, Delta CEO, said, “Delta is investing more in airport infrastructure today than at any other time in our history. With transformational projects now underway at both JFK and LaGuardia, we’re creating the airports our New York customers have long deserved. We’re looking forward to working with our partners at JFKIAT and the Port Authority to deliver a truly superior experience at JFK Terminal 4 that cements its status as a world-class global gateway for Delta customers.”
Expanding Terminal 4 With Customer Needs in Mind
Delta currently operates out of both Terminal 4 and Terminal 2, and this expansion will allow Delta to offer connecting customers a seamless travel experience at JFK by consolidating all of Delta’s JFK operations in Terminal 4. The 16-gate expansion will replace the 11 gates currently used by Delta at Terminal 2, which was built in 1962 and allow for the demolition of that 58-year-old terminal. The consolidation will also allow for more seamless connections on many of Delta’s partner airlines. The expansion project includes a new Delta Sky Club in Terminal 4’s Concourse A.
The redesign of Terminal 4 – which became the first air terminal to achieve LEED O+M certification in 2017 – will continue the Port Authority’s and JFKIAT’s commitment to energy efficiency, utilizing energy saving equipment and lighting throughout the terminal. The concourse expansion will incorporate infrastructure for rainwater capture and reuse within the building. In keeping with the Port Authority’s standards for transitioning to electric vehicles across its facilities, the project includes charging stations for electric ground service equipment at all new gates along with a deicing recovery system to capture spent deicing fluid.
The expansion and renovation of Terminal 4 is expected to be financed by JFKIAT. In early February, Delta’s Board of Directors authorized Delta’s management team to negotiate and enter into definitive agreements.
Delta has grown its presence in New York City by over 65 percent in the last 10 years and today operates more than 240 peak daily departures from JFK to nearly 100 destinations in more than 30 countries around the world. The airline first unveiled its $1.4 billion, state-of-the-art international gateway at JFK’s Terminal 4 in 2013. At LaGuardia Airport, Delta operates more than 275 peak daily departures and began construction on the $4 billion replacement of Terminals C and D in August 2017. Delta’s first new concourse and new gates on the eastern side of the airport opened in October 2019. A modern headhouse will open in 2022 as part of a Whole New LGA, with the phased opening of three additional concourses.
In January 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a historic commitment to overhaul John F. Kennedy International Airport’s eight disparate terminal sites into one unified airport by demolishing old terminals, utilizing vacant space, and modernizing on-airport infrastructure, while incorporating the latest in passenger amenities and technological innovations.