New York’s JFK Airport renovation delayed

Johanna Koyser
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In 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the world-famous JFK Airport was to undergo a transformation. With a budget of 15 billion US dollars, it was planned to start the major project this year and successfully complete it in 2025. But then came the Corona Pandemic, a risk factor that no one knew about before. 

As a result, the rebuilding of JFK Airport is postponed indefinitely for the time being. Indeed, one could assume that the construction work could be carried out more smoothly due to the extremely low passenger volume. After all, JFK currently only handles around 15 percent of normal passenger traffic, in April it was only 2 percent. However, this is precisely where the problem lies. Because the rapidly declining passenger numbers are shrinking the income of the operator of JFK Airport, the New York Port Authority. In addition, private investors and airlines are also bearing the costs of the renovations. As is generally known, many of them are currently struggling to survive and are cutting costs everywhere.

Therefore, it will be necessary to wait a few more years for the renovation of New York’s JFK Airport. The only exception is Terminal 8, where work began in early January and is now planned to be completed. Here you can see what Terminal 8 and the other terminals will look like after the redesign.

Picture © Miguel Ángel Sanz

by Johanna Koyser

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