|Terminal 8 Opens at JFK
In mid-September, American Airlines officially began to conduct all of its operations out of what is now known as Terminal 8.
The 1.58-million-square-foot facility includes a new U.S. Customs and Immigration facility that can handle 1,600 travelers per hour, security checkpoints capable of handling 1,800 travelers per hour, expanded ticketing positions and self-service check-in machines, as well as a state-of-the-art, in-line security baggage system to expedite passenger processing times. All told, the terminal can handle 12.8 million passengers per year.
By 2016, the Port Authority’s airport system is expected to handle more than 127 million passengers a year. Through long-term strategic planning and public-private alliances, the Port Authority and its airline partners are leading the way to ensure the region’s airports are prepared for this growth. To further these efforts, the Port Authority’s own 10-year strategic plan earmarks nearly $4 billion for airport improvements and technological enhancements.