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PA OKs more Delta construction at JFK

$175M for international terminal

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:30 am

The Port Authority has authorized $175 million to fund an 11-gate, 75,000-square-foot expansion of Delta Air Lines’ Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The money will fund the second phase of Delta’s massive ongoing expansion of operations at JFK. The project is an addition to the $1.2 billion Delta is spending to make JFK its international hub.

Port Authority officials anticipate the direct or indirect creation of 770 jobs as a result of the construction and expanded airport operations.

Delta’s previously approved portion of the Terminal 4 renovation is scheduled to be complete in May.

Richard Anderson, Delta’s CEO, called the cooperative effort “another in a long line of substantial investments we are making in New York,” in a statement issued by the airline.

The statement also quoted Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg as saying the economic impact of the expansion program is multiple and massive.

“Delta’s numerous investments in New York ... are a key to strengthening our economy and maintaining New York City’s position as a top tourist destination,” Bloomberg said. “The jobs that result from this continued expansion are important to our city and its economy.”

Once completed, the revitalized Terminal 4 will have 27 gates to acommodate the estimated 11 million passengers it serves at JFK per year. It will house new shops and restaurants, and have added amenities for its Sky Club passengers, including an outdoor terrace and facilities that feature showers.

The project will allow Delta to phase out and demolish its 53-year-old Terminal 3 by 2016. The space will then be converted to a parking area.

The airline also is in the midst of a $160 million renovation and expansion project at LaGuardia Airport, which will become its domestic and business travel hub.

The LaGuardia project involves renovating the existing Delta terminal and the old US Airways building and linking them with an elevated connector.

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