Delta’s JFK Improvements

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JFK Facility Improvements for Delta Air Lines

Lets not mince words here — Delta’s facilities at New York’s JFK Airport, where the carrier operates an international hub, have seen better days. I’ve encountered everything from bird’s who’ve made the terminal home, occasionally dropping an gift, to the outdated US Customs & Border Protection facility in the bowels of Terminal 3.  My last transcontinental flight arrived early only to be assigned a dysfunctional gate – an hour later, we deplaned via door four right (4R) at the rear of the aircraft for a ride on the “Mobile Lounge” to gate 11.

I must give Delta credit, they’re doing the best they can within the confines of Terminal 3, originally the Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) WorldPort.  The terminal was built in the 1960’s, designed by Ives, Turano & Gardner Associated Architects and Walther Prokosch of Tippets-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton.

Today it’s a piece of history, but remains a functional facility — its original intent was to showcase the new era of international jet travel – the “flying saucer” design with suspended roof was made prior to the jetbridge, designed to allow aircraft to park underneath the overhang to shelter passengers as they boarded.

Delta, along with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) – the owners of JFK airport, are fully aware this 1960’s facility was not built to meet the needs of 21st century air travel.  Through a Public-Private partnership, Terminal 4 at JFK is being expanded to become Delta’s new International Terminal.

Delta Air Lines will be moving their international operations to Terminal 4 once the T4 expansion project is finished.  The new Terminal 4 will be connected airside to Delta’s Terminal 2.

Construction of the new facility at Terminal 4 (see pictured) is well underway and is scheduled to open in Spring of 2013.  Upon completion, Terminal 3 will be demolished to provide additional tarmac space.

Delta Air Lines is also establishing a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport, with slots picked up through a swap with US Airways.  As Delta ramps up their operations in New York, they’ve announced the following enhancements at JFK for 2012:

  • Increased frequency on several long-haul routes between JFK and western US cities including Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • New routes at JFK, including Greensboro, NC (GSO), Louisville (SDF), New Orleans (MSY), and Kansas City (MCI) to feed international services.
  • Maintaining JFK service while adding new LaGuardia flights at airports such as Buffalo, NY (BUF), Cleveland (CLE), Louisville (SDF) and Richmond, VA (RIC), providing flights from these cities to both LaGuardia and JFK.
  • Expanded service to the Caribbean, including new flights to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Additional Information about JFK Terminal 4 improvements and plans to re-build LaGuardia’s Central Terminal Building can be read in our February 1, 2012, article, Rebuilding LaGuardia’s Central Terminal Building.

Despite Delta’s rapid growth at New York City area airports, they still face significant competition from American Airlines and JetBlue at JFK airport.  United (United-Continental) operates a hub at Newark Liberty International (EWR) while budget carriers such as Southwest & Virgin America are slowly nudging into the NYC markets.

It’s also worth noting Southwest is the dominant carrier at Islip MacArthur Airport (ISP) on Long Island.  Islip may not be easy to access from NYC, but is easily accessible by automobile for much Long Island and a shuttle provides easy access to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR).

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12.20.11

I am taking advantage of the new Delta flights via JFK for a trip to Europe this summer. Anyone have hotel suggestions around JFK as we have a close connection and if we misconnect, that is the last flight of the night.

Also what is it like getting to and from the hotels from the Delta Terminal, not sure if it is Terminal 2, 3, or 4.

Thank You!

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