New York’s congested John F Kennedy International Airport has launched a multi-billion-dollar plan to transform JFK from the old hub to a new and improved version with new roads and terminals and redeveloped old terminals “to meet the demands of the 21st century”.
- Expanding newer terminals and redeveloping or relocating older terminals to create an interconnected terminal system
- Spending up to $2 billion USD to improve airport access from local motorways, and redesigning on-airport roadways to create a more accessible and efficient “ring road”
- Centralizing and expanding airport car parks, with clearly defined short-term and long-term parking options
- Adding fine dining, duty-free shopping, retail, and conference facilities, spearheaded by the groundbreaking in December 2016 of the TWA Flight Centre Hotel, which is being constructed on the bones of JFK’s iconic, Space Age era TWA terminal building
- Expanding airport taxiways to reduce ground delays, and adding new flight slots to accommodate growing passenger and flight traffic
- Improving to mass-transit access to the airport
- Security improvements
A record 60 million passengers passed through JFK in 2016, and passenger traffic is projected to exceed airport capacity by the mid-2020s, reaching 75 million by 2030 and 100 million passengers by 2050, officials say.
It is worth taking a look at the pictures of the original and iconic JFK terminal before it is converted into a hotel.
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