Executive Director of the Port Authority Rick Cotton spoke at this morning’s 159th CityLaw Breakfast at New York Law School. Cotton was introduced by Professor Ross Sandler, Director of the Center for New York City Law, with remarks by Dean Anthony W. Crowell. Cotton spoke on “From Vision to Reality: Rebuilding New York’s Airports for the 21st Century”.
Cotton detailed the redevelopment plans for LaGuardia, Newark, and John F. Kennedy International Airports. At LaGuardia, an $8 billion investment will allow for the construction of brand new terminals, concourses, and roadways. To keep the airport operational during construction, no old structure will be torn down until a new one is open. New portions of LaGuardia will be opening every nine to twelve months over the next three years.
At JFK airport, a $13 billion investment will allow for the construction of two new international terminals and a centralized transportation center to allow for streamlined access in and out of the airport. The new construction will increase the capacity at JFK to 75 to 80 million passengers annually.
Cotton also noted that earlier this week a $344 million expansion of Terminal 8 at Newark Airport was announced and that a $3 billion new Terminal One was also being constructed. All of the projects Cotton discussed are scheduled to be completed within the next few years.
Cotton also discussed the ways Port Authority have tried to improve the customer experience at the airports, including journey mapping, new restrooms, free Wi-Fi, real-time security and taxi information, family friendly services like breastfeeding stations and play areas and food delivery to gates. Cotton ended his talk by pointing out that our airports are the “first impression” and “last touchpoint” travelers have with New York City.
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