Delayed JFK T6 gets go-ahead

The Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a public private-partnership agreement with JFK Millennium Partners to build Terminal 6 at JFK International Airport.

Originally set to break ground in 2020, the US$3.9bn terminal will connect to JetBlue’s Terminal 5, creating an anchor on the north side of the New York airport. The full cost of the build will be met by JMP, a private consortium consisting of: JetBlue Airways; Vantage Airport Group; American Triple I; and RXR Realty. The Board also authorised US$130m in Port Authority capital funding to build enabling infrastructure for the new Terminal 6 project, including airside improvements and utility enhancements such as electrical support for the project.

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JFK T6 Jetblue interior High ceilings and natural light will be key features of the new T6 at JFK. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

The new 1,200,000ft2 terminal will be built on the sites of the former Terminal 6, which was demolished in 2011, and the aging Terminal 7, which will be torn down after British Airways relocates to Terminal 8.

It will have capacity for ten new gates, significantly larger waiting areas than its predecessor, with high ceilings, natural light and interior green spaces. Passengers will have access to more than 100,000ft2 of commercial dining and retail amenities, lounges, and recreational spaces.

Technology will include elements such as digital systems to streamline the boarding experience and passenger journey through the airport, automated TSA security lanes, advanced video search analytics, biometric-based access control systems and a flexible design to accommodate future technology and/or regulatory changes.

Eco-friendly elements will include renewable energy technologies such as a solar hot water system, aircraft de-icing and fluid recovery, and electric ground service equipment such as baggage tractors and belt loaders.

Construction of the new terminal is due to begin in mid-2022 and the first new gates are scheduled to open in 2025. The development is expected to result in over 4,000 direct jobs.