Delta’s $1.2B Terminal Expansion at New York’s JFK Begins

Ayinde O. Chase – AHN News Editor

New York, NY, United States (AHN) – Delta Air Lines, JFKIAT LLC, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey broke ground Friday on a $1.2 billion project slated to enhance and expand Terminal 4 at at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

According to those close to the project the new expansion and addition will create a state-of-the art facility for Delta.

The project is also expected to stimulate the local economy and significantly improve air travel for the nearly 11 million passengers who utilize the Delta terminal at JFK each year

“Delta continues to make substantial investments in New York, and our terminal project at JFK is among the most significant,” said Delta Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson. “Our new facility is designed to meet the needs of the world’s largest and most competitive aviation market with significant benefits to our customers, employees and the city of New York for decades to come.”

Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni said, “Through large and much-needed construction projects, we are able to continue to drive economic development in the region by creating both on-airport jobs and construction-related work. Projects like these not only benefit the travelers that pass through our doors, but also the communities that our facilities call home,” said

The expanded Terminal 4 will have nine new international gates on the B Concourse. Customers also will benefit from enhanced baggage claim areas, and expanded Customs and Border Protection area.

Currently there are two passenger security checkpoints which will be consolidated into one more efficient system.

Delta’s current JFK operation generates 49,000 jobs in the region. The Terminal 4 expansion project will stimulate economic development regionally through direct on-airport jobs and construction related work, creating an additional 10,000 jobs in the New York Metropolitan Region by 2014.

When completed in May 2013, the total economic impact of Delta’s New York operation will contribute more than $19 billion annually to the state.

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