The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is to issue a request for information a $13bn refurbishment of John F Kennedy International Airport.
The authority is seeking firms that specialise in designing, developing and operating multi-use commercial developments or large-scale public spaces. It cites Amsterdam, Singapore and Zurich airports as examples to follow for design inspiration.
The 14-acre, mixed-use project will contain a redesigned airport with two new international terminals able to cater to an extra 15 million passengers a year. The number and size of gates will be increased, and improvements will be made to parking availability, airside taxiway size and the JFK AirTrain system.
The development will also house new transport options, simplified roadways and a public space located in the middle of the airport serving passengers and employees.
A statement from Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York state, said the design could also include retail, dining and office space, as well as recreational and cultural offerings.
Cuomo said: "Airports are the front door to New York, which is why it is so important that we transform JFK Airport into an innovative, modern and accommodating space for domestic and international travellers.
"We are moving ahead with a $13bn transformation plan that will fundamentally reimagine the airport for the 21st century. As part of that effort, JFK Central will create a more unified airport and further solidify New York’s position as the premier entry point into our country for the rest of the world."
Kathy Hochul, lieutenant governor of New York, added: "The modernisation of the airport is part of our overall efforts to ensure easier and safer travel, increase the tourism industry in New York and strengthen our economy for generations to come."
Some 90% of the $13bn funding is to be supplied by private sources.
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