The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has announced a major overhaul for John F Kennedy International Airport in Queens.
The Governor outlined the vision – which will aim to “transform the airport for the 21st century”
JFK International Airport welcomes more international passengers to the United States than any other airport in the country, and that number is expected to grow dramatically over the next several decades.
But for far too long, JFK has fallen short of today’s global standards. There are overcrowded facilities, confusing on-airport roadways, and poor airport accessibility. In fact, JFK ranks 59th among the world’s top 100 airports.
JFK is currently spilt across six separate terminals, constructed in stages since 1948, connected by the AirTrain light rail and various access roads.
The plans involve the creation of unified terminal buildings that would allow easier transfers for passengers with flight connections.
To improve transport links, the congested Van Wyck Expressway and Kew Gardens Interchange that leads to the airport will be widened.
Roadways on the site will be reconfigured into a “ring road” to allow easier access to terminals for taxis and ride-sharing vehicles, while extra carriages will be added to the AirTrain to double its capacity.
Boosts to security technology, including facial recognition and video-tracking software, are also slated to help speed up the movement of passengers.
For New York to remain competitive in the global market, JFK must develop into a modern, state-of-the-art facility that puts passengers first.
It’s time to take action.
The Airports Advisory panel has developed a vision plan to transform JFK into a unified, interconnected airport that changes the passenger experience and makes the airport much easier to access and navigate.
The vision plan specifically addresses accessibility to the airport, by car and rail.
The Department of Transportation will improve the roadways leading to JFK, including addressing key bottlenecks on the Van Wyck and at the Kew Gardens Interchange.
The Advisory Panel also recommended the development of actionable plans to expand rail mass transit access. The options they laid out include doubling the capacity of the AirTrain, improving the MTA’s subway and LIRR connections to the AirTrain at Jamaica Station, and exploring the feasibility of a one-seat rail ride to JFK.
The unprecedented $100 billion infrastructure plan sets the stage for economic growth and prosperity for generations to come. That is why we’re transforming JFK into an airport equipped for the demands of the 21st century and worthy of the State of New York.
All of these would help to deal with an increase in passenger capacity the airport, which is expected to grow to 75 million per year by 2030. Currently at JFK, the iconic Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Terminal building is being transformed into a hotel and conference centre.