American Airlines, in collaboration with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) Airports, has announced a $125 million commercial redevelopment initiative for Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), in New York. The project aims to enhance the customer experience and economic opportunities while promoting local businesses and sustainability.

The collaboration also includes Phoenix Infrastructure Group and Holt Construction, bringing their expertise in critical infrastructure projects and construction management to the table. This partnership reflects the commitment to transforming Terminal 8 into a world-class gateway that represents the dynamic New York region.

The ambitious redevelopment program for Terminal 8 at JFK includes a complete redesign and expansion of the concessions program. The expansion will see the introduction of more than 60 new shopping and dining options. A new Great Hall will offer travelers a unique sense of place and showcase New York’s renowned culinary scene.

“We look forward to working with our project partners, the Port Authority, and the local community to deliver a transformative dining and shopping experience that represents the dynamic New York region,” said American’s Vice President of Airport Affairs and Facilities Amanda Zhang. 

Promoting Local Businesses and Sustainability

The JFK Terminal 8 redevelopment program focuses on supporting locally owned and diverse businesses, creating employment opportunities, and driving economic growth. To lower barriers to entry into the airport industry for local small businesses, T8 Partners will launch a small business accelerator program for Queens and Locally Based Enterprises, providing technical assistance and innovative leasing approaches.

The project aims to achieve the Port Authority’s goals of 30 percent participation from Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) in design and construction, as well as 30 percent Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) participation for concession operations.

Sustainability is also a fundamental element of the redevelopment program. T8 Partners has partnered with The Green Restaurant Association to deliver a food and beverage program that prioritizes sustainable business practices. The goal is to ensure that all eligible tenants become Certified Green Restaurants, promoting environmentally friendly operations within Terminal 8.