End of the line for JFK’s Worldport Terminal 3

Today marks the end of the line for the iconic Worldport Terminal at JFK in New York. Originally built for Pan American World Airways in 1960, the building featured an elliptical roof that protruded 114 feet from the terminal to give passengers shelter from the elements in the boarding and deplaning processes. Worldport was the first terminal in the world to have jetways from the terminal to the aircraft, keeping passengers and crew from going out into the elements.

Delta purchased the terminal in 1991 upon Pan Am’s bankruptcy and simply referred to it as Terminal 3. They spent $10 million in 2006 to renovate both Terminal 2 and 3. In November of 2010 Delta began construction of $1.4 billion dollar expansion at JFK, essentially moving international flights from T3 to T4 and running domestic flights out of the current location in Terminal 2. Demolition of Terminal 3 is slated to be completed by 2015.

There is an effort to preserve the Worldport and have it registered as a historical site. More information can be found at http://www.savetheworldport.org/ and how you can help keep the historic piece of aviation history.

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