Expanded Terminal 8 Opens at JFK Airport

Governor Kathy Hochul, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ), American Airlines and British Airways have announced the opening of the expanded Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

This achievement marks the completion of the first phase of the JFK Vision Plan.

JFK Terminal 8
The expanded and reconfigured terminal includes five new widebody gates and 130,000 square feet of new and renovated space

Improvements to Terminal 8 include five new widebody gates, four new widebody parking positions and an expanded and upgraded baggage handling system. These enhancements will support additional transatlantic flights.

In addition, the terminal has been expanded with 130,000 square feet of refurbished space and will also undergo a major concessions upgrade over the next 18 months.

Governor Hochul said:

“The completion of Terminal 8 is the latest milestone in our historic efforts to build a whole new JFK worthy of New York. I congratulate American Airlines, British Airways and the Port Authority for the first of what will be many milestones to come. We will continue our close partnerships as we transform JFK into a magnificent global gateway that will help to keep New York at the center of the world stage.”

The 400 million USD, privately financed expansion and modernisation will now allow British Airways to co-locate with American Airlines in Terminal 8.

JFK’s 60-year-old Terminal 7 will then be demolished prior to construction of a new Terminal 6 early next year.

Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said:

“This inspiring expansion of Terminal 8, fostering superb hourly services between JFK and London, is an example of what's to come at JFK, where our vision for a world-class, 21st century airport is now unfolding from one end of the airport to the other. Thanks to the investment made by American Airlines and British Airways, Terminal 8 - with five new wide body gates - offers an improved passenger experience and expanded capacity for transatlantic travel to and from JFK. This investment by our private partners at Terminal 8 is a vote of confidence in the future of the airport and of the JFK region.”

The newly expanded Terminal 8 builds on the momentum of the airport’s ongoing transformation, which includes the 9.5 billion USD development the New Terminal One, the 1.5 billion USD expansion of Terminal 4, and the 4.2 billion USD development of a new Terminal 6.

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