A look into JFK Airport’s $13 billion makeover

New features will include world-class retail, free high-speed WiFi, new restaurants, art exhibits, and more.

(NEW YORK, NY) – The estimated $13 billion proposal is $3 billion higher than the original estimated cost of $10 billion, and will include a 21st-century modern makeover that will make the airport better than the destination!

“Central Park at JFK,” will be an indoor green space bringing one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks to passengers. A new food hall, modeled after Chelsea Market, will take the hunger out of waiting, New York style. If that wasn’t enough, an elevated version of the “The High Line” will allow passengers to take a New York City stroll, and artwork and exhibits will allow passersby to honor iconic landmarks.

Now, for the important details:

The plan includes two new terminals. The terminal anchoring the southern end of the airport will replace JFK’s current Terminals 1 and 2. The $7 billion project will contain around 24 security screening lanes, more than 100,000 square feet of airline lounges, 230,000 square feet of retail and concession options, 55,000 square feet of interior green space, and a children’s play area.

The terminal on the north end will cost $3 billion and will be equipped with 12 international gates, 30,000 square feet of airline lounges, 74,000 square feet of retail, and 15,000 square feet of recreational space.

Two main roads, “ring roads,” will be built to connect terminal areas while also making it easier to enter and exit the airport.

Port Authority will increase the capacity of the JFK AirTrain by 50 percent, and the Long Island Rail Road will add a 12-car platform to Jamaica Station.

Construction is anticipated to begin by 2020 and new gates will begin opening in 2023. Most of the renovations are expected to be completed by 2025.

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