LaGuardia and JFK Airport Redevelopment Projects Mark Important Milestones – QNS.com
Less than a week after LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal C opened to the public, Governor Kathy Hochul announced Friday, June 10 that construction of a new $9.5 billion Terminal 1 at the JFK International Airport is past the design phase and construction will begin this summer. now that the financial and environmental approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration have been obtained.
“Building this new, state-of-the-art terminal at JFK is key to our vision for a new era in New York City,” Hochul said. “This transformation project is moving full steam ahead, and when complete, will provide a passenger experience that will serve as a model for New York’s unparalleled potential.”
The construction of the new 2.4 million square foot Terminal 1 on the south side of the airport will create at least 10,000 jobs, including 6,000 in construction. A consortium of social, operational and financial partners led by Ferrovial is committed to meeting the Port Authority’s target of 30% ownership by minority and women-owned businesses and to putting a strong emphasis on focus on local business development.
“With a new LaGuardia Airport substantially complete and a new Terminal A at Newark Liberty Airport nearing completion, today’s announcement of the advancement of a new Terminal 1 at JFK is another demonstration of Port Authority’s commitment to creating world-class airports for our region,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “The unprecedented level of investment from our private partners is a vote of confidence in the future of our region and in our ability to undertake and carry out extraordinary projects that will serve as an inspiration for generations to come.
The terminal will be built in three phases and is expected to be completed by 2030 with 23 gates, spacious check-in halls and arrivals areas. The new Terminal One will incorporate the latest advances in sustainability and security.
“I am delighted to welcome Ferrovial to the New Terminal One Consortium as title sponsor,” said New Terminal One President and CEO, Dr. Gerrard P. Bushnell. “Ferrovial is an essential partner who brings great expertise and experience as a world-class airport developer and operator which will enhance the capabilities of this project as it expands the notion of what is possible in terms of the impact of infrastructure projects.”
The announcement of the new Terminal 1 comes just 10 days after elected officials in Queens helped the governor cut the ribbon for the new Terminal C in LaGuardia.
“Beyond the stark beauty of the new LaGuardia Airport, this redevelopment project has been community-driven every step of the way to $800 million worth of contracts for Queens businesses and I am so grateful to all our partners who have helped make it so,” said Queens Borough Chairman Donovan Richards. “Queens’ comeback is well underway and LaGuardia is living proof of that.”
Councilman Francisco Moya said New York City will now welcome visitors and dispatch residents in style.
“We are the largest city in the world and the all new LaGuardia Airport brings our gateway to the world to that standard,” Moya said. “Having worked at LaGuardia Airport and now representing it, seeing this massive investment in my community makes me proud.”
The redevelopment has had a profound impact on surrounding communities, according to Larinda Hooks, president of the East Elmhurst Corona Civic Association.
“The Port Authority and Delta have become better neighbors in East Elmhurst and Corona,” she said. “They have worked diligently with the East Elmhurst Corona Civic Association to support various community events, help local residents find jobs and award scholarships to young people. They are committed to remaining a strong neighbor to the community for the long term by maintaining high levels of engagement and partnerships.