Terminal One at Kennedy International Airport - the first new terminal at the airport in 27 years - is scheduled to open May 28.
The four foreign airlines that have jointly developed the $434 million terminal - Air France, Japan Air Lines, Korean Air and Lufthansa - will eventually be joined by several other carriers, including Singapore Airlines and Air Afrique.Architectural features of the new terminal, on the site of the old Eastern Airlines building, include skylights, waterfalls and glass walls. The 635,000-square-foot building will have 92 check-in and service counters and the largest ticketing area of all the Kennedy terminals, according to airport officials. They said that computers at each of the counters will contain information on each of the carriers at the terminal, allowing airline staff to take over more ticketing positions during their busiest times.
The terminal will also contain a large group of duty-free stores, located beyond the security check point, that will offer the first "cash and carry" service in the United States, eliminating the need to claim bags of duty-free goods just before boarding the aircraft.
An elaborate explosives-detection system will screen every piece of checked baggage, a first for any United States airport, according to officials.