T-8 will be torn down, and there will not be a phase III.
The project when originally launched in 1999 was envisioned as have 55 gates (18 of which for Regional jets), cost $1.1 Billion and be complete by 2006.
The project was scaled back 3 years ago, when complete (Summer '07) it will have 36 gates, 27 gates for large aircraft (737-777s) and 9 for Regional Jets. Of the 27 gates for large aircraft 19 can handle International Arrivals.
The scope of the project from the number of gates and the square footage of the terminal are reduced to reflect new realities and priorities.
T-9 even much smaller than the original plan will still be the largest Terminal at JFK
, with 19 International arrivals gates AA
will have the same capacity to handle International arrivals as CO
does at EWR
In 1999 when AA
launched their terminal redevelopment there was no Jetblue, their plans for expanding their Regional Jet operation at JFK
were more . Today they are not going to compete head to head with B6
in every domestic market, AA
gave up connecting JFK
to Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester etc. The Domestic operation they do have at JFK
is strong and profitble, it makes no sense to chase B6
into every domestic market when they are loosing money. Which is why you will not see AA
flying from JFK
to Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale or Tampa. AA
could easily fill 757s flying from JFK
, but the yields suck thanks to B6
has not shown the comitment to expanding Trans-Atlantic routes with 757s, they have toyed with it but they don't seem too serious.
has a enviable operation at JFK
, they have the premium traffic to the West Coast, they have London Heathrow and Paris in Europe, Buenos Aires and Brazil, Tokyo in Asia. They have what they need, they know there are higher yielding markets to persue expansion from Miami, ORD
There's only one International Market AA
is lacking from JFK
, a nonstop to Mexico City which they are prevented from launching. It would be nice to have nonstop A300 service between JFK
again ala Eastern and Pan Am.