John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) Terminal 8 Capacity Enhancement

JFK Terminal 8 Capacity Enhancement

Rendering via Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Arora Engineers, Inc. (Arora) was selected to be part of the team responsible for the renovation and enhancement of Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).  Arora is a member of the construction team and is serving as a subconsultant to AECOM, who along with Merchant Aviation, is leading design services with Holt Construction serving as the construction manager. The project scope includes 70,400 SF of added space, including 33,000 SF of public space, and 57,500 SF of refurbished existing space. Terminal amenities include five gates, new premium lounges, improved baggage systems, and upgraded check-in areas and concessions. In addition, the project includes five new wide-body gates to allow for more flights, and four nearby on-airfield plane parking and unloading areas to accommodate the added flights.

The expansion of Terminal 8 is part of JFK’s $13 billion modernization program, aimed at transforming the airport into an ultramodern, global hub with new and restructured terminals, adding 4 million square feet and increasing the airport’s capacity by 15 million passengers annually.

Arora is providing lead Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire/Life Safety, and Special Systems engineering design services from 30% Conceptual Design through 100% Implementation Document Phase, as well as construction support services for the duration of the project.


Arora’s is providing professional design and engineering services as the lead engineer for the following disciplines:

  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP)
  • Fire Life Safety (including):
    • Fire Suppression
    • Fire Alarm
  • Special Systems – (Less Security and Surveillance)

Scope of work includes:

  • Baggage Handling System (BHS) existing conditions survey
  • Apron lighting
  • Head House Extension (30ft) on arrival and interstitial levels
  • Extension of the concourse adjacent to gate 14 & 16 to the East, a total of 60’ (Zone 1)
  • Extension to gate 18/20 on ramp, interstitial and boarding level
  • Buildout of space on the 4th level of the Terminal, including relocation of American Airlines Staff
  • Development of shell space of 22,300 SF for a future lounge construction on the fourth level
  • Installation of three new 777-300 capable hardstands of the existing Parcel M
  • Separate gate 14 & 16 common boarding to allow for parallel boarding and deplaning of the two gates
  • Addition of line zero of Security Screening
  • Reinstallation and Modification of screening subsystem (CTX9800)
  • Reconfiguration of the existing Premium Service check-in
  • Up-gauge gate 31 to a 777-300 capable gate
  • Up-gauge gate 32 and 46 to a 777-200 capable gate
  • Installation of new CBR area
  • Addition of a new international claim devices



American Airlines


Queens, NY