JFK Terminal 8 getting upgrade thanks to airlines’ $344M investmentFebruary 6, 2019
American Airlines and British Airways will invest $344 million at JFK Airport to expand Terminal 8, a project aimed at improving customer service and greatly increasing the number of yearly passengers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.
“Only four months ago, we announced plans to transform JFK Airport into a state-of-the-art global hub, with new and unified terminals adding 4 million square feet and increasing the airport’s capacity by at least 15 million passengers annually,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“Today that transformation is well underway, with an extraordinary private investment that will turn JFK into a truly modern airport,” he added.
The governor touted the airlines’ investment as part of the state’s “broader efforts to modernize airports all across New York.”
The Terminal 8 upgrades will be based on a three-year agreement between the Port Authority and American Airlines years in preparation for British Airways moving from Terminal 7, which will be replaced as part of JetBlue’s plans to build a new terminal.
Ninety percent of the investment is from private funding and no Port Authority monies are being earmarked for the Terminal 8 upgrade, according to the announcement.
Terminal 8 will grow by a total of 70,400 square feet — including 33,000 square feet of public space — while another 57,500 square feet of existing space will be refurbished.
New amenities will include premium lounges for both airlines, improved baggage systems, premium check-in space and upgraded concessions. There also will be five additional wide-body gates to allow for additional trans-Atlantic flights.
The upgrade is expected to create 500 direct jobs and 750 total jobs over the project’s life, adding to the 9,600 new jobs in the governor’s original $13 billion JFK vision plan, which was unveiled in October.
JFK hit an all-time high of more than 61 million passengers last year, up 2.5 percent from the previous year’s record.
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