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Visualisation of the redevelopment

JFK airport’s return to world-class status

JFK is the international gateway airport for the United States. Almost all the original 10 terminals have been replaced, but strong traffic growth, retrofit of facilities to accommodate post-9/11 security requirements and a lack of airline investment has resulted in a decline in service for the airport’s 60M passengers a year.

The airport advisory panel, led by New York state governor Andrew Cuomo, set out a vision for JFK’s redevelopment into a unified, world-class operation.

Our overall task was to develop a masterplan for the airport to handle 100M passengers a year by 2050. As part of this, we are providing programme planning for near-term developments and measures to radically improve service quality. The development had to be funded largely by the private sector. To achieve such an upgrade, we benchmarked common features with world-class airports to establish new standards of safety, security and passenger service to be applied across the new developments.

We undertook masterplanning across the entire airport property and, in partnership with Grimshaw Architects, developed conceptual design for key elements, providing a framework for future facilities. We also worked with the client to develop new levels of governance to support a more hands-on approach to operations. A wide range of actions have been rolled out into contracts and protocols.

Our work contributed to the announcement of a US$13bn redevelopment. This includes two new terminal complexes, streamlined taxiways, a new commercial zone and highway, and greater capacity on the AirTrain people mover. It is the largest ongoing airport terminal redevelopment in the US and one of the largest airport public-private partnerships in the world. World-class facilities and operations will be transformational for JFK and New York.

The application of private sector capital and a focus on passenger experience, resilience and governance will have far wider implications for North American aviation.

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