Over 60 million people passed through John F Kennedy Airport in 2016, but even with as much traffic as it sees, the airport has long been the focus of criticism. Its terminal 3 has even been named one of the worst in the world by Frommer’s. Recently, Governor Cuomo announced a complete overhaul with a $10 billion agenda to revitalize John F. Kennedy Airport into a more innovative and accessible center for global travel.
The Governor presented a detailed six-point plan for transforming the airport into a more seamless travel experience. Some highlights of the overhaul include expanding mass transit options, reconfiguring the roadways and parking lots for easier drop-offs and pick-ups, and implementing new technologies, such as facial recognition and other security software. The Governor’s Airport Advisory Panel has not provided a timeline for the project, but shared that the 7 billion of the infrastructure overhaul’s budget will come from the private sector.
Other initiatives underway at the airport include a customized terminal for animal cargo (The Ark, a la Noah’s Ark) and an urban farm, a collaboration between non-profit GrowNYC and the airline company JetBlue. JetBlue’s sustainability department has high hopes for the 24,000 sqaure foot farm, and have carefully selected plants that will deter birds and animals from the airport greenery. The potatoes grown in the farm will likely be incorporated into the in-flight meals, offering a seasonal, local and more sustainable cuisine to travelers.
The large-scale remodeling of the airport is in keeping with the Governor’s ambitious agenda to improve infrastructure in the state and city, such as other plans to redesign Penn Station and LaGuardia Airport.