JFK Airport Consolidates Operations During Coronavirus Crisis

By Kurt Stolz on 3 April 2020
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Travelers at an information kiosk at the American Airlines terminal at JFK

As the number of passengers continues to plummet as the coronavirus crisis unfolds, operators of the various terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the nation’s busiest international gateway, are consolidating terminals, which means that many flights will leave from terminals not usually associated with their airline.

The Transportation Security Administration, which operates security checkpoints at the majority of the nation’s airports, said that the number of passengers at U.S. airports had fallen by 93% earlier this week.

Going forward, American Airlines partners British Airways, Iberia, and Alaska Airlines will temporarily relocate to the American Airlines terminal, T8.  Terminal 8 will otherwise operate normally with the exception of a new closing time, 8 p.m., at which point any flights from airlines that use the terminal will depart from Terminal 4, the International Air Terminal.

Terminal 7 will be demolished in 2022 as part of the JFK redevelopment program to make way for JetBlue Airways’ plan to build a new terminal on the north side of the airport. British Airways and Iberia are slated to move to T8 when that happens.

Terminal 4 is home to over two dozen airlines that only operate a handful of flights from JFK as well as to Delta Air Lines, which considers T4 its main terminal.  Flights that typically operate from Delta’s other terminal, T2, will move to T4 for the time being.

JetBlue Airways will continue to operate out T5, its usual terminal, until 8 p.m., at which point departures only will move to T4.

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