Delta’s operations at New York JFK are split across two separate terminals, terminal 2 and terminal 4. Much of short haul domestic is in terminal 2, while transcons and international flying is done out of terminal 4.
Terminal 4 was completed in 2001, and is managed by Schipol Group — it’s the first US airline terminal managed by a foreign company. Since then 9 international and 11 regional gates have been added. The Airtrain stop is inside the terminal, versus across the street.
Eventually terminal 2 is slated to be closed. Delta wants all of its operations under one roof. And they want all of SkyTeam under their roof too. In order to accomplish that they need to push out several airlines that currently operate out of terminal 4 and that includes relocating carriers that operate Airbus A380s (Asiana, Emirates, Etihad) to A380-capable gates — which could mean terminal 1, which would be possible if SkyTeam airlines Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, and Saudia moved to terminal 4.
Two weeks ago Delta CEO Ed Bastian told employees,
We built terminal 4 with a view that that would be a SkyTeam hub at JFK, that we’d be able to attract all of the SkyTeam partners in. However some of them have long standing commitments such as Air France to the terminal 1 facility, Korean is in terminal 1, and we’ve got to create space for them to move in. I talk to the Port a lot, I talk to Schipol who’s one of our partners in terminal 4, about how do we get some of the other carriers that are not in the SkyTeam out of terminal 4 to move more partners in.
..We’re eventually going to have to consolidate and move out of terminal 2 so we’re looking at building more space on the property in terminal 4 and expanding.. long long term I hope we get all our SkyTeam partners together.. I think it would give us a big competitive advantage.
Inside New York JFK Terminal 2
Of course it’s a bit of a stretch to say that Delta “built terminal 4” they partnered in the most recent expansions.
However if Bastian has his way Air India, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Copa, EgyptAir, Singapore, South African, Swiss, Air Serbia, Caribbean Airlines, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kuwait, Sun Country, and others would have to find new homes.