New York announces a new terminal at JFK airport for 2026.

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced Monday the construction of a new terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), the largest airport in the city and among the largest in the world, which will cost some $9.5 billion and will be operational in its first phase by 2026.

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The new structure, to be called New Terminal 1, will be 223,000 square meters in size and will be built on what are now terminals 1 and 2, considered obsolete, plus the abandoned space of what was once terminal 3, which was later demolished, EFE reported.

In total, the project will require an investment of US$9.5 billion and will employ some 10,000 people.

New Terminal 1 will have 23 gates, which will open progressively from 2026 to 2030.

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It is not the only major project at JFK: Terminals 4, 5, 6 and 8 (to be built over the existing Terminal 7) are currently being expanded or are about to be expanded.

JFK is considered one of the economic engines of the New York region: it employs 300,000 people, pays $16.2 billion a year in wages and generates $45.7 billion a year in sales. Before the pandemic, it reached a record 62.6 million passengers in 2019.

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