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The Airport

The new Terminal 4 will be the centerpiece of New York’s renovated John F. Kennedy International Airport which is now undergoing a dramatic redevelopment. American Airlines, British Airways and Delta are also expanding and modernizing their terminals. The Port Authority is cutting traffic congestion by rebuilding and reconfiguring 26 lane-miles of airport roadway. And by the year 2002, a $1.1 billion Light Rail System will provide fast, convenient transfers between all air terminals and links to regional mass transit systems. Terminal 1 opened in May, 1998. While their developers emphasize differences, the buildings have numerous common elements. Since international travelers have to arrive earlier than ever to clear security, they can spend hours at an airport. This attractive and captive audience will be succored with shopping malls and food courts that feature the quality and value that is fast becoming New York Port Authority policy. Direct routing from check-in to boarding, via retail areas are their emphasis. Glass walls allow passengers to see the aircraft, orient themselves quickly and chart their paths without need of complex signs and symbols.

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Terminal 1

Terminal 1 is designed to be striking. Its check-in hall, almost long enough to fit three 747’s head to tail, is covered by a canopy of curving, branching steel members 50 feet overhead. Check-in counters are clustered in islands, rather than being arrayed as a solid wall, lending a sense of permeability to space. With ceilings 50 feet high and glass walls hundreds of feet long, the terminal is awash in natural sunlight. The building is designed to channel passengers from check-in to security to departure gate, requiring few if any signs along the way. Upstairs diners will be able to choose between international or domestic fare and soak up stunning views of the airports busy runways and beyond that, Jamaica Bay and the Manhatten skyline. More than 35,000 square feet of retail and duty-free shopping space is also planned for the terminal.

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Terminal 4

The "soon to be" terminal 4 will be comprised of a 1.5 million square-foot “common-use” structure in which airlines share facilities to maximize efficiency and reduce operating costs. Designed as a 24-hour facility, the terminal’s 16 gates and 56 federal inspection stations will have the capacity to process up to 3,200 arriving passengers per hour. Departing passengers will be guided to one of 108 check-in counters, which overlook the retail concourse and have views of the airfield. The new structure will be operational by the end of the year 2000, with all construction and demolition work expected to be completed by the fall of 2001. The terminal’s design also allows for future expansion- up to twice its first phase size. Twenty gates can be added without significant construction or operational disruptions. A spectacular retail concourse, five New York City blocks in size, will be the centerpiece of the new Terminal 4. An entertainment emporium, designer boutiques, and a mix of dining opportunities will make the travel experience even more pleasureable.
Over 50 domestic and international carriers presently use the 24-hour Terminal 4 facility, including: Aer-Lingus, Air-India, Alitalia, Biman, Egypt Air, El Al, Icelandair, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Northwest Airlines, North American Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines,Tarom , Varig, VASP, and Virgin Airways.

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