NEW YORK—Delta Airlines said it got the approval from local authorities to continue expanding John F. Kennedy International Airport with a $175 million addition.
Eleven more gates and 75,000 square feet will be added to Terminal 4‘s Concourse B, while Delta said it would commit and additional $5 million for “information technology enhancements,” says a joint press release released Monday from the airline and the Port Authority for New York and New Jersey.
Delta has committed an overall $1.2 billion to expand on Terminal 4, while halting operations at Terminal 3, which will be used for aircraft parking. Terminal 4′s Concourse B will hold 27 Delta gates and will replace the airliner’s currently used Terminal 2.
“This $1.2 billion project will provide a modern, first-class terminal for passengers at JFK, as well as create good-paying jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson in the release.
Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler described the announcement on Monday as a “positive impact on the region’s economy.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the improvements on Terminal 4 “will be a major asset in the State’s efforts to increase tourism in the Empire State,” while New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the expansion would result in job creation, which is “important to our city and its economy,” reads another press release.
The expansion of Terminal 4 is part of the Port Authority’s terminal redevelopment plan, which has aimed at improving upon and modernizing facilities at JFK airport for the past 15 years.
Over the weekend, flights were suspended for some time at JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International airports as a blizzard hit much of the northeastern United States, including New York City.
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