New York’s Idlewild Airport opened in the summer of 1948 on a former golf resort. This outpost at the southeastern edge of New York City became an aviation marvel in the late 1950s as several big airlines opened terminals with cutting-edge technology aimed at enhancing the passenger experience. “Its every feature bespeaks speed and function,” Life magazine wrote in a 1961 photo essay.
In 1963, Idlewild was renamed after the U.S. president slain just weeks before in Dallas. John F. Kennedy International Airport has come a long way since—becoming one of the most recognizable airline destinations in the world. More recently, though, it’s better known for a long slide into decrepitude as infrastructure investment failed to keep pace with growth.
New York officials are hoping to change that, announcing a $10 billion program last week to modernize JFK, America’s largest international gateway airport, which sits 15 miles east of Manhattan. [...]
“Yes, the big question is, is this real or just a PR stunt to beat out” whatever type of infrastructure-spending plan the Trump administration may unveil, said Joe Sitt, chairman of the Global Gateway Alliance, a New York infrastructure advocacy group.
For several years, President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has served as an alliance board member. Last week, Kushner notified the group that he was resigning to avoid any conflicts of interest, Sitt said.
“I’m in the wait-and-see camp,” Sitt said. “I want to see something real.”