FAA green lights $4.2 billion JFK International Airport expansion

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New York Construction report staff writer

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week granted final environmental approval for construction of a $4.2 billion terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the state said on Thursday.

Construction will begin early next year on the 1.2 million-sq. ft. (111,480-sq. m.), 10-gate terminal, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced.

Terminal 6 will be built in two phases, with the first completed in 2026 and is expected to cost $4.2 billion and create 1,800 union construction jobs.

It’s a public-private partnership between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and JFK Millennium Partners (JMP) – a consortium that includes Vantage Airport Group and investor, developer, and manager of global airport projects including LaGuardia Terminal B.

The JMP consortium will build the new terminal in two phases, with the first new gates opening in 2026 and project completion anticipated in 2028.

JMP is committed to meeting and exceeding the Port Authority’s goal of 30 percent participation by Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises and creating opportunities to foster and grow local businesses through the development.

“This historic $18 billion investment will not only transform JFK into a world-class airport, but also create 4,000 jobs in the process, and I thank everyone who put in the years of hard work to move this project forward,” Hochul said.

Approved in August 2021 by the Port Authority Board of Commissioners, the 1.2 million-square-foot terminal, with capacity for 10 gates will connect to JetBlue’s Terminal 5. Terminal 7 will be demolished after the first phase of Terminal 6 is completed.

The arrivals and departures areas will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings throughout and architectural elements depicting New York landmarks. Also, there will be 100,000 sq. ft. of retail and dining space.

Several airports are being expanded and renovated, with funding from the $1 trillion infrastructure law signed by President Joe Biden in 2021 which included $15 billion for airport project grants.

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