Looks like something I've proposed a couple of times in various DL
posts, again the only thing holding DL
back is the how to pay for a new terminal. DL
is in bankruptcy and when they exit splurging on a new JFK
terminal is not as high a priority as fleet replacement (IMO), I don't think DL
can do both right away post bankruptcy.
The Port Authority and fiance groups are going to be hesitant about putting out the money for a new project considering how the AA JFK
project burned some folks and how DL
terminal is now half empty. DL
's lease rejections and other problems at airports like LAX
is another thing that does not look good to people who would actually put up the $1.5 Billion (or so) needed to build something substantial at JFK
's original plan from 2000 to expand the West concourse of T-4 makes sense, DL
takes over the expanded West concourse of T-4 and the airlines who currently use that concourse would move to an expanded East concourse of T-4. T-4 is too quiet during the day, they need more consistent passenger flows throughout the day to help the fledgling vendors.
One problem they have to address though is the security screenings during the peak early evening departures especially during the summer, I was shocked back in May or June of this year when I saw that the security line for the East concourse and the security line for the West concourse at T-4 nearly met in the middle of the retail concourse near where the old Crispy Cream used to be located. I could not believe what I was seeing, the two lines nearly met!
I don't know how this would help DL
, but the Port Authority should jump in to save the AA
terminal project. It's a joke that they (AA) are going to leave it so half ass and call it complete, what needs to be done is to have the Port Authority complete the project and move BA
to the complete AA
terminal. UAL and US move to T-4.
could then move their International arrivals/depatures to T-7, and DL
could use T-6 for Regional Jets or domestic departures.
T-7 is a vast improvement over T-3, and T-6 is an improvement over T-2.
There's alot of possibilites that would help everyone at JFK, DL getting financing to build a $1 Billion Dollar terminal to replace their current digs I think is wishful thinking. I think they have to piggyback onto some other project like moving BA to T8/9 and taking over T-7.
[Edited 2006-10-02 04:53:29]