New York JFK T4 set for renovation and expansion; locally inspired retail mix

By Andrew Pentol |


The expansion of New York John F Kennedy International Airport Terminal 4 will be another milestone in the airport’s transformation.

Passengers travelling through the expanded New York John F Kennedy (JFK) Airport Terminal 4 can look forward to a locally inspired retail mix, innovative food options, children’s play areas and other amenities, once the $3.8bn redevelopment project is completed in early 2023.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey yesterday (11 February) reached agreement on key terms with terminal operators Delta Air Lines and JFK International Air Terminal (JFKIAT). As a result, the terminal will be significantly expanded with Delta consolidating operations there.

Subject to Board approval, the Port Authority will finalise and enter into a lease amendment with JFKIAT for the expansion and renovation of the terminal’s arrivals and departures hall. Projects include a major concourse expansion which will add 16 new gates, renovation of the existing concourses and roadway upgrades to improve vehicle access.

As mentioned above, the Terminal 4 expansion is scheduled for completion in early 2023. The roadway improvements and other airport redevelopment projects will be finished in late 2025.

Andrew Cuomo, Governor, New York State said: “The Terminal 4 expansion will be another milestone in the transformation of JFK Airport, with upgrades that will give passengers the world-class experience they expect when flying into New York.

“When completed, our $13bn project to modernise JFK will create a more unified airport and solidify New York’s position as the premier entry point to our country.”


Roel Huinink, President and CEO, JFKIAT added: “The expansion of Terminal 4 represents the next evolution of one of the world’s most modern and efficient air terminals. Terminal 4 accounts for one-third of JFK traffic. By investing in this expansion, we will be able to continue driving innovation within the terminal, increase its capacity and bring our best-in-class customer experience to the next level.

“We look forward to our continued partnership with Delta and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as we begin this exciting initiative to strengthen JFK’s position as a world class airport.”


Passengers travelling through the new and expanded New York John F Kennedy Airport Terminal 4 can look forward to a locally inspired retail mix, innovative food options, children’s play areas and other amenities.

The Terminal 4 project will modernise and expand the existing terminal, adding more than 500,000sq ft and 16 domestic narrow-body gates. Expanded and renovated arrivals and departures halls will improve  ticketing areas, security check points, baggage claim and arrivals areas.

The renovated terminal and concourses will convey a sense of place with modern concessions and amenities welcoming travellers to New York. At present, Delta operates out of Terminal 4 and Terminal 2. The expansion will allow the consolidation of all its JFK operations into Terminal 4.

Delta has grown its New York presence by over 65% in the last 10 years. Currently, it operates more than 240 peak daily departures from JFK to nearly 100 destinations in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Roel Huinink

Roel Huinink, President and CEO, JFKIAT said the expansion of New York JFK Terminal 4 represented the ‘next evolution of one of the world’s most modern and efficient air terminals’.

The Terminal 4 project will include expanded seating areas and concessions, modern way-finding and new restrooms designed with travellers in mind. It will also include a new Delta Sky Club in Terminal 4’s Concourse A and will continue the Port Authority’s and JFKIAT’s commitment to energy efficiency. This is through the use of energy saving equipment and lighting throughout the terminal.

Expanding and developing Terminal 4 is part of Cuomo’s JFK Vision Plan announced in January 2017, which involves an overhaul of the airport’s eight disparate terminal sites into one unified airport. This will be achieved by demolishing old terminals, utilising vacant space, modernising on-airport infrastructure and incorporating the latest in passenger amenities and technological innovations.

In October 2018, Cuomo made a commitment to advance the JFK Vision Plan and build two new international terminal complexes on the airport’s north and south sides, as part of a $13bn investment.


The investment will feature best-in-class passenger amenities, centralised ground transportation options and improved roadways that will collectively increase airport capacity by at least 15 million passengers annually.

Kevin O’Toole, Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Delta and JFKIAT had been ‘true partners’ in the Port Authority’s work to modernise and unify JFK International Airport. “This project will advance the agency’s mission to keep the region moving and its commitment to provide a best-in-class experience to all travellers and visitors to the metropolitan region,” he remarked.

Rick Cotton, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commented: “This expansion at Terminal 4 is a cornerstone in realising the governor’s vision to transform JFK Airport into a 21st century global gateway and to enable the airport to continue serving the increasing passenger volumes projected over the next 30 years. This announcement is a key milestone in keeping the entire project moving forward.”


An International Shoppes outlet in New York John F Kennedy International Airport Terminal 1.

Ed Bastian, CEO, Delta indicated the company is investing more in airport infrastructure than at any other time in its history. “With transformational projects underway at JFK and La Guardia, 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.”

Meanwhile, the Port Authority is to enter into a lease agreement for The New Terminal One at JFK with a consortium of airlines (Lufthansa, Air France, Japan Airlines and Korean Air Lines) and three other development and financial partners. These are The Carlyle Group, JLC Infrastructure and the Union Labor Life Insurance Company. The agreement covers the design construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the facility. The New Terminal One will replace the existing JFK Terminal 1, which the group currently operates.

In the meantime, American Airlines and British Airways will add over 70,000sq ft of customer and operational space to Terminal 8. Improvements include the reconfiguration of the check-in lobby, which will increase capacity by 25% and enhanced retail and dining options. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2022.


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