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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has reached an agreement with JFK International Air Terminal and Delta Air Lines to expand John F Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 and strengthen Delta operations at the terminal.

The agreement is pending approval from the board, following which a lease amendment with the operator to expand and renovate the terminal is expected to be signed.

The $3.8bn project will include the expansion and renovation of arrivals and departures hall at T4 by 500,000ft² and the expansion of the concourse to accommodate 16 new gates.

In addition, the current concourses will be renovated and the roadway will be expanded to improve vehicle access.

The work is expected to be completed in 2023 when Delta consolidates its operations at the terminal. Improvements to the roadway are aimed to be finalised in 2025, along with the remaining redevelopment projects in the airport.

New York Governor Andrew M Cuomo announced: “The Terminal 4 expansion will be another milestone in the transformation of JFK Airport, with upgrades that will give passengers the world-class experience they expect when flying into New York.

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“When completed, our $13bn project to modernise JFK will create a more unified airport and solidify New York’s position as the premier entry point to our country.”

Last year, PANYNJ decided to enter a lease agreement for New Terminal One at JFK Airport.

In 2019, Cuomo announced that JFK Airport will undergo a $13bn modernisation project that will add two new terminal complexes at the north and south sides of the airport.