A ground-breaking ceremony has been held for the development of the new international Terminal 6 (T6) at the John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, US.

This ceremony was held at the JFK maintenance hangar of US-based budget carrier JetBlue Airways and attended by New York Governor Kathy Hochul, as well as other partners and leaders.

Entailing a $4.6bn investment, the T6 project achieved financial close last November.

It will involve the creation of a new terminal on the airport’s north side with a 1.2 million square foot area featuring ten gates.

The project will be developed in two phases, with the first new gates scheduled to open in 2026. Construction work is planned to complete in 2028.

During the construction phase, the project is expected to create 4,000 jobs, which includes 1,800 union construction jobs and direct wages of $1.9bn.

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The project is a public-private partnership between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in addition to JFK Millennium Partners.

JFK Millennium Partners is a consortium, which includes JetBlue, Vantage Airport Group, LaGuardia Terminal B, American Triple I, and New York real estate operating company RXR.

The port authority has agreed to provide $130m in capital funding for supporting infrastructure such as airside upgrades to optimise airport traffic flow at the new terminal.

T6 will be equipped with touchless technology from check-in to gates and digital systems to streamline travellers’ journeys.

It will also have advanced security systems that include automated TSA security lanes, biometric-based access control systems and a flexible design to accommodate future technology or regulatory changes.

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said: “As we move JFK into the future with a new, state-of-the-art, customer-focused facility, we are so pleased to have an opportunity to expand our presence with new gates in a new terminal.

“The team putting this project together is setting out to develop a terminal that New Yorkers, including our JetBlue crewmembers, can be proud of.”

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