New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a $10bn plan to renovate John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Under the proposal, JFK will be upgraded with improved road access and expanded rail transit systems to meet estimated passenger growth.

Governor Cuomo said: “Our vision plan calls for the creation of a unified, interconnected airport that changes the passenger experience and makes the airport much easier to access and navigate."

The Governor has not yet set a timeline for the project, reported CNN Money.

JFK International Airport served around 60 million passengers in 2016, and received more overseas passengers than any other airport in the country.

Road construction works will commence immediately. Governor Cuomo endorsed $1.5-$2bn in spending by the State Department of Transportation to improve roadways leading to JFK.

"Our vision plan calls for the creation of a unified, interconnected airport that changes the passenger experience and makes the airport much easier to access and navigate."

The on-airport transformation will primarily focus on expansion of newer terminals, redeveloping / relocating older terminals, redesigning the on-airport roadways, expansion of parking lots, and provision of better amenities and enhanced security technology.

Options such as increasing AirTrain capacity, improving the MTA’s subway and LIRR connections to the AirTrain at Jamaica station are also being considered.

It is estimated that the number of passengers at the airport will increase to 75 million by 2030 and to 100 million passengers by 2050.

Without the expansion, JFK is expected to reach capacity by the mid-2020s.

For every million passengers that JFK fails to accommodate, the region loses approximately $140m in wages, $400m in sales, and 2,500 jobs.


Image: Governor Cuomo proposes vision plan for JFK. Photo: courtesy of Governor.ny.gov.