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JFK Gets Nearly $4 Billion to Expand Terminal 4, Destroy Terminal 2

JFK Gets Nearly $4 Billion to Expand Terminal 4, Destroy Terminal 2
Joe Cortez

The days of Delta Air Lines splitting flights between Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York are coming to an end. In a press release, Delta announced an approved a $3.8 billion budget to expand Terminal 4 with additional gates in conjunction with the State of New York and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Trading Terminal 2 for Terminal 4

Currently, Delta flies out of both terminals. Delta is the only airline operating in Terminal 2, where they fly mostly domestic routes. In Terminal 4, Delta operates its international flights, cross-country flights and the beloved outdoor deck at the Delta Sky Club.

Under the Port Authority plan, Terminal 4 would be expanded to accommodate 16 more gates for Delta, allowing them to consolidate all operations in the preferred terminal. As a result, Terminal 2 would be demolished. The $3.8 billion comes from Gov. Anthony Cuomo’s $30 billion improvement budget for the airport.

“Delta is investing more in airport infrastructure today than at any other time in our history,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a press release. “We’re looking forward to working with our partners at JFKIAT and the Port Authority to deliver a truly superior experience at JFK Terminal 4 that cements its status as a world-class global gateway for Delta customers.”

At the end of the improvement, the Port Authority will demolish the 58-year-old Terminal 2. In its place, the “New Terminal 1” will be built, taking over the space left behind by both Terminal 2 and Terminal 3.

Planned improvements for a Terminal 4 experience

The gates will provide five more than in the current Terminal 2, with the carrier promising “more seamless connections to many of Delta’s partner airlines” alongside their own flights. The new gate space will come with additional infrastructure improvements, including roadway access between gates, concourse improvements and additional retail and food options.

The airline now boasts over 240 peak daily departures from JFK to over 100 destinations in 30 countries. The renovation and expansion matches Delta’s investment in a new terminal at neighboring LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in New York.

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  1. rylan

    February 22, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    I assume they can only add those gates on the ‘A’ side of T4, which just has a few gates currently. They’ll have to add in more of those moving walkways or some faster way to get from the end of B over to end of the new A side. Otherwise it’ll take you half an hour to walk from B55 to what may be the new A20.

  2. MisterBill

    February 25, 2020 at 12:19 am

    One of the local TV reporters did a story about this and cluelessly questioned whether it would do anything to improve delays at JFK. Of course it won’t! All it is is basically moving gates around.

  3. cmd320

    February 25, 2020 at 7:43 am

    I will miss T2 in exactly zero ways.

  4. divrdrew

    February 25, 2020 at 10:27 am

    T2 at JFK is one of the worst terminals in the US. Very old, very overcrowded, and very limited in terms of amenities. Looking forward to everything coming in/out of T4 soon…I love that terminal, although the crowds at security can be a bit long.

  5. dustclee

    February 26, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    That linked Delta press release seems to be from 2015…”Aircraft with flat-bed seats will be introduced on flights between New York-JFK and San Francisco by summer 2015″

    Might wanna swap it out for something more recent/relevant

  6. kkua

    February 26, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    JFK2 is awesome for its short queues passing through security check. I once ran a timed test to get to JFK4 SkyClub, both groups starting at Federal Circle AirTrain station. One group went through JFK2 with shuttle bus option, while the other continued journey to JFK4 station and passed security through priority queue. JFK2 route was faster.

  7. kkua

    February 26, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    OBTW, I think the photo is of JFK1, not JFK2 or JFK4.

  8. goldbar

    February 27, 2020 at 6:06 am

    FWIW, unfortunately the Governor of NY is ANDREW Coumo not Anthony.

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