Delta’s new JFK digs on track – much-needed makeover


Delta’s new JFK digs on track – much-needed makeover

Delta’s new JFK digs on track – much-needed makeover

Delta’s terminal facilities at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport have been in need of major renovation for years. They just haven’t measured up.

Now, the megacarrier says it’s “on schedule” to expand Terminal 4. Emblematic of that, you can now see the structural steel frame of the Concourse B extension

That extension will include one of the largest Sky Clubs in the Delta system, and nine sorely-needed new international gates. In all, Delta will occupy 16 gates.

The $1.2 billion project entails lots of basic blocking and tackling, the kind of stuff that makes a terminal work. You should be better able to get through the terminal. There will be more capacity at security checkpoints and check-in areas. As for getting out once your flight has landed, expect expanded Customs and Border Protection facilities and a new automated baggage system. The buzz phrase at airports these days is “dwell time.” More stringent security procedures mean you get there earlier and sometimes hang around quite a while before your flight pushes back. With that in mind, there will be expanded shopping opportunities, and more places to eat on the “sterile” side of the airport. That’s the area post-security.

The way things stand today, Delta’s domestic flights are out of Terminal 2 while International flights use Terminal 3. The expansion of Terminal 4 will replace the 50-year-old-plus Terminal 3. That, contends the airline, will “improve the customer experience” for the 11 million flyers per year that Delta flies to and from JFK.

Projections are the new facility will open in 2013.

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Story by Jerry Chandler


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