by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 05, 2017
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has unveiled a plan to transform JFK International Airport into an "airport equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century." 
 
Under the proposal, created with the input of a five-person Airport Advisory Panel established in 2014, Kennedy's six terminals would be connected via an expansion of the newer terminals and a relocation of the older terminals. In-terminal dining, meeting facilities, retail and duty-free shopping would be improved. Lodging will be upgraded with the construction of the 505-room TWA Flight Center Hotel, on which ground was broken this past December. The proposal also calls for the replacement of the 30 miles of roads that currently wind through Kennedy with a simple ring road that offers direct access to terminals and encircles centralized parking garages.
 
Other upgrades outlined include the expansion of Kennedy's taxiways, a move that is designed to reduce flight delays and to create the possibility for the FAA to allow more daily flights in and out of the capacity-constrained airport. Security at the airport also will be enhanced. 
 
"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," Cuomo said. 
 
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the airport, would seek to finance the renovation with the help of $7 billion in private investment, with an additional $1.5 billion to $2 billion for improving roadway and train access to JFK. No timeline has been set for the proposed project.