The New Terminal One (NTO) project at JFK Airport is estimated to cost $9.5bn. Credit: PANYNJ.
The new terminal is expected to become fully operational in 2030. Credit: PANYNJ.
The terminal construction is scheduled to begin in mid-2022, with the first new gates scheduled to go live in 2026. Credit: PANYNJ.

New Terminal One (NTO) is a passenger terminal set to be built at the John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York, US, as part of wider plans to transform JFK into a world-class airport. NTO will be the biggest terminal at the airport upon completion, and will serve as the new terminal 1 of the airport.

Originally planned to start in 2020, the $9.5bn terminal project was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Construction of the terminal is scheduled to commence in mid-2022. The project is estimated to generate more than 10,000 jobs, including more than 6,000 construction jobs.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), which operates the JFK airport, signed a revised agreement with the NTO consortium for the new terminal.

The NTO consortium includes Carlyle, JLC Infrastructure, and Ullico. A joint venture of Munich Airport International and CAG Holdings was appointed to serve as the operating and technical services partner to the consortium.

JFK’s passenger traffic fell by 73.4%, from 62.55 million passengers in 2019, to 16.63 million passengers due to the impact of Covid-19 in 2020. The 2019 passenger traffic included 34.3 million international passengers, which was the highest among all the US airports.

JFK International Airport’s New Terminal One project details

NTO will be constructed on the sites of the existing Terminal 1, the 59-year-old Terminal 2, and the former Terminal 3 that was demolished in 2013. The new terminal will represent the transformation of the outdated Terminal 1.

The new 2.4 million ft² (222,967m²) terminal will be privately funded by the NTO consortium. It will anchor the airport’s south side.

It will be built in multiple phases, the first of which will be the development of a new arrivals and departures hall.

NTO will include 23 new gates, upon completion. The first new gates of the terminal are expected to be opened in 2026. The entire project is scheduled for completion in 2030.

PANYNJ will be responsible for improving roads, parking lots, and utilities, including a new electric substation.

Design, features, and amenities at New Terminal One

The terminal will offer New York-inspired dining and retail amenities, as well as lounge and indoor green spaces.

Designed with high ceilings, the check-in and concession spaces will allow in natural light. The areas will feature modern architecture elements, with art including depictions of significant landmarks across New York.

The terminal will be installed with the latest technologies in security, including touchless passenger journey and digital systems, for efficient passenger flow and queue management.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security lanes will be installed with biometric-based systems, and advanced video search analytics. The improved design of the terminal will also allow it to adapt to future technology and regulatory changes.

Passengers will have access to charging stations and free high-speed Wi-Fi at the terminal.

Sustainability features at New Terminal One

The terminal will incorporate several sustainability features including a solar hot water system, and aircraft de-icing fluid recovery system.

Electric-powered ground service equipment, including baggage tractors and belt loaders, will also be available at the terminal.

Contractors involved

AECOM Tishman and Gensler form the design-build team of the project. AECOM Tishman is a construction firm engaged in mixed-use and mega development projects in the US while Gensler is a global design and architecture firm.

McKissack & McKissack, a design and construction firm, was selected to provide project management oversight services.

JT Hicks Associates, a construction and engineering services company based in the US, was contracted to provide surveying services for the terminal project.

Local firms A.B. Engineering and ZI Engineering received contracts for structural engineering services.

Other recent developments at JFK International Airport

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey signed a long-term ground lease agreement with Aeroterm for the development of a $145m cargo facility, at JFK airport, in June 2021.

Aeroterm will construct a 350,000ft² (32,516m²) cargo building, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

The advanced cargo facility will enhance cargo handling and storage efficiency at the airport. It will also include a temperature-controlled area for handling pharmaceutical products.

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