Delta Air Lines, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and JFK International Air Terminal LLC (JFKIAT) have committed to a new $75 million project at New York JFK’s Terminal 4.
This new project is additional to Delta Air Lines’ previously announced, $1.2 billion, Concourse B development at Terminal 4, which is set to open in May.
The new $175 million project will add 11 more gates and 75,000 square feet to Terminal 4’s Concourse B, which is being built to replace Delta’s existing Terminal 3 at New York JFK.
Delta has committed an additional $5 million to the new project for information-technology enhancements.
“This additional expansion project at Terminal 4 is another in a long line of substantial investments we are making in New York,” says Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. “As we continue to bring benefits to Delta people, Delta customers and the citizens of New York with significant enhancements to our JFK hub, we are thankful to have great entities to partner with including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, JFKIAT and Schiphol Group.”
With the new expansion, Terminal 4’s Concourse B will house 27 Delta gates and will completely replace Delta’s current Terminal 2 regional jet operation.
Each of the new gates will feature a dedicated boarding counter, seating area and jet bridge. This will eliminate the need for ramp-level boarding, which currently exists at Terminal 2. All gates will be designed to accommodate two-class regional jets as well as to provide flexibility for gating additional mainline aircraft.
The new expansion builds on Delta’s previously announced $1.2 billion Terminal 4 redevelopment, which is due to open in May.
That expansion, which is 90 per cent complete, features nine new and seven renovated international gates; improved and renovated check-in areas, including a dedicated Sky Priority check-in area; a centralized security checkpoint; new dining and retail offerings; a new 24,000 square-foot flagship Delta Sky Club with the first-ever Sky Deck outdoor terrace; dual taxiways for less congestion and shorter taxi times; and improved Customs and Border Protection and baggage claim facilities.
The expanded Terminal 4 – which has been managed by JFKIAT for more than a decade – will replace the outdated Terminal 3 facilities, in order to improve the customer experience for the 11 million passengers Delta serves at JFK annually. Demolition of Terminal 3 is expected to be completed by summer 2015. The Terminal 3 site will then be used for aircraft parking.
Once the new Terminal 4 opens in May, Delta will more than double its current shuttle bus operation for passengers connecting between Terminals 2 and 4.
A total of 10 buses will carry connecting passengers between the existing bus hold rooms in Terminals 2 and 4. By September 2013, Delta will open a new 8,000 square-foot bus hold room facility adjacent to gate B20.
Delta boasts it is New York City’s largest and fastest-growing carrier and provides service to more destinations from New York than any other airline.
Last year Delta launched the largest expansion at New York LaGuardia in more than 40 years, with the carrier investing more than $160 million to expand and update LaGuardia’s Terminals C and D.
Delta’s operation at the three largest New York metropolitan-area airports carried 20.8 million domestic and international passengers in 2011, and that number grew to 23.1 million in 2012.