This post may contain affiliate links; please read our advertiser disclosure for more information.The latest piece in the transformation of John F. Kennedy International Airport got underway this week with the groundbreaking for the $4.2 billion project to develop a new Terminal 6.The 1.2 million square foot, state-of-the-art new terminal on the airport’s north side will feature 10 new gates, including 9 wide-body gates. The project is the final piece of the JFK Vision Plan to break ground, and it will complete the total transformation of the airport.The new Terminal 6 is a public-private partnership between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and JFK Millennium Partners. The consortium includes Vantage Airport Group, an investor, developer, and manager of award-winning global airport projects; American Triple I, an investor, owner, developer, and manager of infrastructure assets; New York real estate operating company RXR; and JetBlue Airways, the project’s airline sponsor.The new Terminal 6 will be completed in two phases, with the first new gates opening in 2026 and construction completion in 2028. The terminal will create an anchor for passenger travel on JFK’s north side, spanning the sites of the former Terminal 6 and the existing Terminal 7. JFK Millennium Partners is managing Terminal 7 until the 50-year-old facility is demolished to make way for the second phase of construction.The new Terminal 6 arrivals and departures hall will feel spacious, bright, and airy thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings throughout the new terminal. Inspiring public art by New York-based artists and architectural elements depicting New York landmarks will create a unique sense of place. Passengers will enjoy more than 100,000 square feet of world-class shopping and dining featuring locally based restaurateurs, craft beverage options and Taste of NY stores.State-of-the-art technology will improve the customer experience with touchless technology from check-in to gates and digital systems that will streamline the passenger journey. Advanced security systems will include automated TSA security lanes, biometric-based access control systems and a flexible design to accommodate future technology and regulatory changes. A convenient taxi plaza as well as designated for-hire vehicle pick-up areas will be shared with Terminal 5.As part of the agreement with JFK Millennium Partners, the Port Authority will commit $130 million in capital funding to build enabling infrastructure for the new Terminal 6, including airside improvements and utility enhancements.The Terminal 6 project is part of the $18 billion transformation of JFK and it is just one component in the Port Authority’s overall $30 billion commitment to creating world-class facilities at all of the region’s airports. In addition to JetBlue, Lufthansa Group will also make its home in the new Terminal 6, operating international flights out of several gates and creating a world-class lounge experience for guests traveling on its airlines, which include Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines.Disclosure: Miles to Memories has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Miles to Memories and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.Featured: Capital One Venture – Increased 75K Welcome Offer! Capital One Venture has an increased offer right now. For a limited time you can earn 75,000 Miles after $4K spend in the first 3 months of having the card. Venture earns 2X Miles on all purchases plus 5X with Capital One travel. Points can be used for a variety of things including cash back and transferring to travel partners.