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Port Authority Takes Important Step

Overhaul of domestic and international gateways at JFK Airport

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eTN  May 27, 2008

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey along with Delta Air Lines have announced plans for the massive reconstruction of two terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Port Authority Board of Commissioners approved a $20 million (approx. £10 million) planning study for the redevelopment of Terminals 2 and 3. The terminals, both operated by Delta Air Lines, are the oldest passenger facilities at the airport and handle more than nine million of JFK’s 48 million annual travellers.

“Terminals 2 and 3 opened at the dawn of the jet age, and they simply are not equipped to accommodate the demands of air travel in the 21st century,” Anthony R. Coscia, Chairman, said. “We are committed to providing our customers with the best facilities possible, and this study is the first step in delivering on that commitment for users of these terminals.”

Christopher O. Ward , Executive Director, said, “Kennedy Airport has undergone a nearly complete transformation in the last 15 years. The redevelopment of these two terminals is the last key component of the central terminal area’s renaissance.”

Delta and the Port Authority are working collaboratively on the planning process with the goal of finalizing the redevelopment plan by late this year.

The Port Authority has spearheaded a public-private redevelopment program at JFK that began in the early 1990s and has delivered more than $9 billion (approx. £4.5 billion) in improvements, including new passenger terminals and parking garages; more efficient roadway, runway and taxiway systems; AirTrain JFK; state-of-the-art cargo facilities; an award-winning concessions and retail program; upgraded utilities to name a few.

Overhaul of domestic and international gateways at JFK Airport

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