This is true. As sad it will be to have a half-completed terminal, American has the one thing few carriers at JFK
can claim - the ability to expand their terminal in the future. B6
will likely have some flexibility as well, once their new terminal opens, but Delta cannot rebuild T2
/T3 without a huge and costly project that will be highly disruptive to their already saturated facilities. A shame, since Delta seems to be the most dedicated to expanding longhaul services from JFK
American's new terminal is spectacular. A little sterile, yes (it could use some greenery inside) but it's spacious and modern to the extreme. As Qqflyboy said, if AA
grows their operations, or if more Oneworld carriers express interest in consolidating under one roof, the second half of Concourse B can be built.
After 9/11 American eliminated Concourse A (two wings on the lower level of the terminal which would have served American Eagle flights.) Instead, there are 6-7 dedicated Eagle gates, with jetbridges, on Concourse C. Eagle's operations at JFK
have been curtailed in the last five years, so this should be sufficient.
Does anyone know if Concourse A was completely removed from the design? Can those wings even be added in the future? The space between the current Concourse B and the terminal roadways is already pretty tight - I think they'd be hard-pressed to fit another concourse, plus ramp space for RJs, into such a tight corner.