Here's What to Expect from JFK Airport's New Terminal 1 Construction Project

Work is underway on the massive new facility.

NYC's busiest airport is getting a revamp. On July 8 of 2022, construction work began to bring to life John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal One project—which will eventually incorporate Terminals 1, 2, and 3 into a massive new building—The Points Guy reports.

The project isn't set to be completed until 2030, and work is likely to cause some significant disruption to travelers planning to visit the airport for the foreseeable future. Here's what to expect.

When does Terminal 2 close?

JFK's 60-year-old Terminal 2 officially shuts down on January 15, 2023. Departing flights ceased on January 10, 2023, while flights will continue to arrive at the terminal for several more days. Demolition of the terminal is expected to begin shortly after its closure.

What changes are happening to garage parking?

On July 8, 2022, Green Garage at Terminals 1 and 2 closed. As Green Garage gets demolished, the Red Garage will be available for travelers looking to park their car at Terminal 1. The Red Garage is located by Terminal 8, and travelers will need to board the AirTrain to reach Terminal 1.

What changes can I expect on the JFK AirTrain?

AirTrain service to Terminal 2 ceased on July 8. With the terminal now shutting down permanently, passengers will no longer have to worry about accessing it via the AirTrain. Passengers should make sure to double check what terminal they are leaving from, as some Delta flights that previously left from Terminal 2 could be redirected to Terminal 4 for departure.

The arrivals and departures hall and first set of gates for the new terminal building are scheduled to open in 2026, with the project wrapping construction four years later. Until then, expect some construction-related headaches.

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