Delta on-track with JFK regional concourse

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Construction of Delta Air Lines’ $175 million phase two expansion of terminal 4 at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport is on schedule for a 2015 opening, says Gail Grimmett, the carrier’s executive in charge of New York.

The hole has been dug and foundations are mostly completed for the 11-gate regional jet extension of the terminal’s concourse B, she says on the sidelines of the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit in Baltimore today.

Phase two follows a 32,145m2, nine-gate expansion of concourse B that Atlanta-based Delta opened this past May. It also renovated seven existing gates on the concourse.

The first phase allowed the airline to shift the majority of its mainline operations to terminal 4 and demolish terminal 3 at JFK. It also operates from terminal 2.

A planned phase three expansion of terminal 4 is still in the concept and design phase, says Grimmett. The final phase of the project would allow Delta to consolidate all of its operations in the facility once completed.

“We are looking at ways to enhance terminal 4 as a whole,” she says. This would not include a remote concourse but could involve relocating some carriers to other terminals at JFK, she adds but declining to provide any further details.

Whatever the carrier decides on for phase three, Grimmett says that it must “do no harm” to the terminal owner and operator JFK IAT or other airlines operating from terminal 4.

The project design will need approval from the airport operator the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) before financing and construction can begin, she adds.