Airlines is speeding up construction of its new, $1.3 billion terminal at New
York Kennedy airport (JFK), moving the expected completion date for the project
up from June 2007 to September 2006.
currently underway phase of construction, which involves building a 17-gate
concourse, is now scheduled to be finished in June 2003, six months ahead of
the previous schedule. American says an accelerated construction schedule will produce
cost savings necessary in the current low-revenue environment.
finished, the new terminal will feature three concourses on three levels with a
total of 55 gates. It will be the largest terminal at JFK and will be capable
of handling 14 million passengers annually. Its international arrivals facility
is being designed to process 2,400 people per hour.
American project is just one of several expansion projects underway at JFK,
which is receiving a multibillion dollar facelift. A spokesman for the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the airport, says all
projects are still underway despite the terrorist attacks on New York’s World
Trade Center four weeks ago.
Port is “thrilled” with American’s decision to accelerate construction of its
terminal, says the spokesman, adding: “American realizes, in their long term
thinking, that things are eventually going to return to normal and the expected
New York air market boom is still coming once we get past this blip.”
chairman and chief executive Don Carty says the decision to go forward with and
accelerate the project “underscores New York’s importance within American’s,
and the world’s, commercial aviation network”.
adds: “We feel it would send the wrong message to defer or delay this project,
even as we’re working to overcome our own obstacles.”