LaGuardia, JFK airport redevelopment projects mark significant milestones

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The New Terminal One project will begin construction on its first phase this summer creating more than 10,000 jobs. (Courtesy of governor’s office)

Less than a week after LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal C opened to the public, Governor Kathy Hochul announced Friday, June 10, that construction of a new $9.5 billion New Terminal One at JFK International Airport has moved past the design phase and construction will begin this summer now that financial and environmental approvals from the Federal Aviation Administration have been secured.

“The construction of this new state-of-the-art terminal at JFK is key to our vision for a new era in New York,” Hochul said. “This transformative project is moving forward full steam ahead and when complete will provide for a passenger experience that serves as a model for the unparalleled potential of New York.”

Construction of the 2.4-million-square-foot New Terminal One on the airport’s south side will create at least 10,000 jobs, including 6,000 construction jobs. A consortium of labor, operating and financial partners led by Ferrovial committed to the Port Authority goal of 30% participation by minority and women-owned businesses and a strong focus on developing local businesses.

“With a new LaGuardia Airport substantially complete and a new Terminal A at Newark Liberty Airport nearing completion, today’s announcement about moving forward with a New Terminal One at JFK is another demonstration of the Port Authority’s commitment to creating world-class airports for our region,” Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said. “The unprecedented level of investment by our private partners is a vote of confidence in the future of our region and our ability to take on and complete extraordinary projects that will serve as an inspiration for generations to come.”

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Councilman Francisco Moya and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards help Governor Kathy Hochul cut the ribbon on LaGuardia’s new Terminal C. (Courtesy of governor’s office)

The terminal will be constructed in three phases and is expected to be complete by 2030 with 23 gates, expansive check-in halls and arrival spaces. New Terminal One will incorporate the latest advances in both sustainability and security.

“I am excited to welcome Ferrovial to the New Terminal One consortium as the lead sponsor,” New Terminal One President and CEO Dr. Gerrard P. Bushnell said. “Ferrovial is a critical partner that brings great expertise and experience as a world-class airport developer and operator that will further the capabilities of this project as it expands the notion of what is possible when it comes to the impact of infrastructure projects.”

The New Terminal One announcement comes just 10 days after Queens elected officials helped the governor cut the ribbon at the new Terminal C at LaGuardia.

“Beyond the stark beauty of the new LaGuardia Airport, this redevelopment project has been community-focused every step of the way to the tune of $800 million in contracts for Queens businesses and I am so grateful to all our partners who helped make it so,” Queens Borough President Donovan Richards said. “The Queens comeback is well underway and LaGuardia is living proof.”

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Courtesy of governor’s office

Councilman Francisco Moya said New York City will now greet visitors and send off residents in style.

“We are the greatest city in the world and the whole new LaGuardia Airport brings our gateway to the world to that standard,” Moya said. “Having worked at LaGuardia Airport and now representing it, seeing this massive investment in my community makes me proud.”

The redevelopment has had a profound impact on the surrounding communities, according to East Elmhurst Corona Civic Association President Larinda Hooks.

“The Port Authority and Delta have become better neighbors in East Elmhurst and Corona,” she said. “They have worked diligently with the East Elmhurst Corona Civic Association to support various community events, helping local residents gain employment and awarding scholarships to youth. They are committed to staying a strong community neighbor for the long term by maintaining high levels of engagement and partnerships.”