As much as I applaud the changes, I am also mixed and torn on this. Short term enhancements are most definitely needed. But it's also just that - short term.
It would be much wiser to use that same funds on long term capital improvements to the overall operational aspects of JFK - such as cleaning up how all the terminals and taxiways are laid out at JFK and how airplanes can get in and out quickly, safely, and efficiently without having to play musical planes.
The logical layout would be similar to what is being done at Heathrow....rows of gates between parallel runways, like any other new airport these days. But doing it while JFK is in use....would take forever.
I spent sometime yesterday and today reviewing possible stakeholders and movement patterns to see what can be done. From what I can see on Google Maps, it's probably a 5-15 year project with many pieces moving in sync with each other. While not impossible, it is doable, with probably not as bad of a price tag as it first seems. Granted, it is heavily dependent on political appetite to undergo such a project, the willingness of stakeholders to work together, and funding.
The plan I devised was:
Phase 0 - Conversion of Long Term Parking Lot 9
-New Consolidated Rental Parking Garage Facility
-New Parking Structures for Long Term Parking
-New Employee and JFK Staff Parking Structure
-New Check In Concourse along the 103rd Street near Howard Beach/JFK Subway Station.
-New Police Station and Fire Station
-Straighten out rail system to get people to and from stations quicker
-New JFK Charter/Taxi Hold Lots
Phase 1 - JFK West
-Tear Down the West Campus Area - where Aero Snow Removal and the Port Authority Offices/Atlas Cargo area and convert into a massive new 1.5+ million square foot consolidated cargo facility similar to the HKG AFCC.
-Begin Construction of new LHR styled concourses adjacent to Terminal 2 and 7.
-Begin Construction of new LHR styled concourses extending from Terminal 8
-Begin Construction of new Port Authority Offices on former rental car facility sites.
-Move Delta Cargo, Atlas Cargo, Swissport, Saudio Airlines Cargo, Cathay Pacific Cargo, American Airlines Cargo, Japan Airlines Cargo, Emirates Cargo, etc. into new consolidated Cargo Facility
-Demolish Northern Cargo Area where Japan Airlines/China/etc. sit and build new UPS Cargo Facility/USPS Mail Sort
-JFK Cargo Building 77 is demolished for new JetBlue Maintenance Hangar
-Begin Demolition of Delta Cargo/Swissport Areas for new LHR styled concourses
-Move Airlines from T2 and T7 to new facilities.
-Tear Down Old Facilities. Transfer all check in to new remote check in. Luggage drop off and screening will still need to be done at new faciliites.
-New Concourse behind T4.
-Move UPS/USPS/JetBlue to new facilities
-Demolish old jetblue hangar, UPS facilities
-Demolish old waiting lots for Uber/Limos/Buses and Taxis
-Begin construction of new concourse on former Delta Fargo/Swissport Cargo Areas
-Teardown and begin construction of new AA Maintenance Hangar on former Nippon Cargo Airlines lot and adjacent to DHL Global Forwarding
-Begin New Central Checkin and Screening Area on the AA Maintenance Area with an additional concourse for planes
-Road Construction and new parking structures for the central terminal area.
-Underground rail/terminal connection system being constructed. Temporary stations constructed to help people get to their concourses that are currently disconnected from rail system.
-New Central Terminal Opens
Expressways into the legacy terminals is shutdown and torn out.
Tear out roadways, parking structures and place in new concourses in connecting the new T2 and T7 buildings together.
Move airlines from T1 to the space in T7. Move some airlines from T4 also to the new space.
Shutdown southeast/south corner of T4 and teardown. Build new terminal that connects to the new T4 concourse build in Phase 2
New AA Concourse 7
Demolish Remaining Terminals (4, 5, 8) and complete rest of terminals.
Unscientific planning/rough estimate is that no airlines or cargo carriers will ever loose gate space because for each area shutdown there will be the same amount of gates coming online.
By the time everything is complete, 6 full length concourses and one central terminal will exist.
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on Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:15 am, edited 2 times in total.