Fans of airport terminalswe assume that there are at least some of you out therewill want to mark your calendars for May 2013. That's the month when Delta plans to unveil their expanded Terminal 4 at JFK, which by then will have cost at least $1.2 billion and taken 4 years to build.
The terminal will have 9 new international gates, more room for everything from security to check-in, and a bevy of shops and restaurants. Delta has even published a half-preview, half-virtual tour animation, which we've helpfully embedded below, with some highlights.
The current setup at JFK has Delta's domestic flights using Terminal 2 and their international flights using Terminal 3. Among other things that forces passengers connecting internationally to navigate their way through the JFK AirTrain and then through security again, providing entertainment to the locals but a sub-optimal traveling experience for everybody else. Hopefully centralizing everything out of Terminal 4 will fix that.
Delta is touting the construction with rhetoric that some might say is a little over-exuberant. The airline is promising 10,000 jobs, $1.6 billion in economic output, and "a modern international gateway for millions of travelers" that will be a "spectacular state-of-the-art hub." We're not sure about all that, and technically we're not even confident that we know what a "state-of-the-art hub" is. Presumably it means there will be lots of plugs, which is something we approve of. Free wifi would also have been nice, but that doesn't see to be in the offing.
Oh well. The animation is undoubtedly slick, so there's that.