Press Release Article


Date: May 22, 2008
Press Release Number: 50-2008

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved a $20 million planning study for the redevelopment of Terminals 2 and 3 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The terminals, both operated by Delta Air Lines, handle more than nine million of JFK’s 48 million annual travelers, and are the oldest passenger facilities at the airport.

“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,” Chairman Anthony R. Coscia 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.”

Executive Director Christopher O. Ward 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.

“Today’s announcement illustrates Delta’s commitment to winning in New York, and is an important first step in redeveloping the Terminal 2/3 facility to support our world-class international gateway at JFK,” said Edward Bastian, Delta’s president and chief financial officer.

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 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 and much more.

Terminals 2 and 3 were opened in 1962 and 1960, respectively, and handled domestic and international operations for Pan American World Airways. When that airline ceased operations in December 1991, Delta assumed its operations in the two terminals.

Pasquale DiFulco, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
212 435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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