Press Release Article


Date: May 24, 2001
Press Release Number: 80-2001

Governor George E. Pataki and Port Authority executives hailed today’s opening of the new Terminal 4 as a major milestone in the Port Authority’s $10.3 billion redevelopment of John F. Kennedy International Airport, the site of one of the largest airport reconstruction projects in the world.
Governor Pataki said, \"This is a spectacular new terminal for a spectacular new airport that is being reborn at JFK. This is a great day for air travelers, for New York City and the region. I extend my congratulations to JFK International Air Terminal LLC and to the Port Authority.\"

Port Authority Chairman Lewis M. Eisenberg said, \"The Port Authority carried out a worldwide search to find the best private-sector team in the world to develop this terminal.

\"Terminal 4 sets a standard by which terminals will be measured at airports around the world,\" Chairman Eisenberg said. \"The design is exceptionally appealing and convenient, and JFK International Air Terminal LLC has brought in first-rate restaurants and shops. Perhaps most importantly, the terminal offers additional gates and a configuration of check-in positions, baggage carousels and other facilities that can handle up to 3,200 arriving passengers per hour, compared with a previous design capacity of about 2,000.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Neil D. Levin said, \"The Port Authority is proud that it was able to make this new Terminal 4 possible with the largest public-private partnership of its kind at a North American airport. The terminal is one of the key elements of a $10.3 billion reconstruction project, which will see every terminal at the airport replaced or significantly modernized and expanded. This new terminal is one more sign that JFK is being reborn. We are proud to welcome airport travelers to the future.\"

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, \"The agency is grateful for the support and leadership of Governor Pataki, whose contributions to this project led to the creation of this tremendous economic engine for the Borough of Queens, New York City, and the region’s tourism industry.

\"The Port Authority played a major role in financing the new terminal,\" Vice Chairman Gargano said. \"The result will benefit air travelers for years to come, as well as residents of the region, and it fits in perfectly with the Port Authority’s redevelopment of JFK.\"

Executive Director Levin said the Port Authority’s redevelopment of JFK, believed to be the largest airport reconstruction program in U.S. history, is creating 11,400 new jobs, resulting in $520 million in annual wages and sparking annual sales activity of $1.78 billion.

Executive Director Levin also extended his congratulations to all the members of the JFK International Air Terminal LLC consortium. They include Schiphol USA, LCOR Inc., and Lehman Brothers Inc.

Other highlights of JFK’s Redevelopment Program include the following:

· The Port Authority is nearing completion of AirTrain – the eight-mile, $1.9 billion light-rail system that will provide a fast, dependable ride to Kennedy Airport, and mark the critical first step toward the creation of a one-seat ride from Manhattan to JFK. AirTrain also will speed travelers from terminal to terminal, making airline transfers fast and easy.

· AirTrain’s terminal-to-terminal service will start next year, along with the AirTrain connection to the new Howard Beach Station and the A Train Service to the new Jamaica Station will begin in 2003, linking JFK to Jamaica and the LIRR, as well as subway and bus lines.

· American Airlines has begun construction on its $1.4 billion expansion of Terminals 8 and 9, which will create Kennedy Airport’s largest terminal – featuring at least 55 gates, and check-in space big enough to hold Giants Stadium.

· The Port Authority and United Airlines have begun work on the first phase of what ultimately will be a $1.2 billion redevelopment of Terminals 5 and 6. The first phase will be completed in 2005 and will include 15 new gates, additional ticketing and baggage areas, and a new Customs and Immigration area for international passengers at Terminal 5 – while preserving the historic Saarinen Building, perhaps the best known of Kennedy Airport’s distinctive terminals.

· British Airways and the Port Authority are nearing completion of a $260 million project to expand Terminal 7 while improving road access and parking.

· Delta Air Lines has announced its own $1.6 billion proposal to expand Terminal 4 while rebuilding Terminals 2 and 3.

Executive Director Levin said other JFK improvements include the following:

· A more efficient roadway system in the Central Terminal Area that will be completed this year, at a cost of $400 million.

· New parking garages providing an additional 5,700 spaces for travelers, at a cost of $210 million.

· Further improvements to aviation infrastructure, including revamped runways, taxiways and fueling facilities, at a cost of $620 million.


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