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Rendering courtesy Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

AA and BA to upgrade JFK terminal

The New York hub’s Terminal 8 will get a $344 million upgrade over the next few years, paid for by British Airways and American Airlines.

As New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport transforms into a ‘21st century gateway’, British Airways, American Airlines and Governor Andrew Cuomo have announced that the two airlines will invest $344 million in upgrading Terminal 8.

The terminal is currently as a hub for American Airlines, and after the project is completed its oneworld partner BA will also be based there, moving out of Terminal 7 in 2022.

Cuomo calls the agreement “an extraordinary private investment that will turn JFK into a truly modern airport.”

The new-look terminal 8 will gain an additional 66,000 square metres of space, about half of which will be outdoor space, the Wall Street Journal writes.

More widebody gates – better suited to international flights – “state-of the-art baggage systems”, new lounges, premium check-in areas and upgraded concessions are all part of the plans.

Airline investment
The renovation is part of a much larger $13 billion plan to overhaul JFK, but the T8 project will get no funding from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Instead, American Airlines will pay for the upgrade, while British Airways will be the tenant.

The $344 million, BA says, “will be invested to recreate and customise the terminal, making it ready to offer British Airways’ customers an exciting, world-class experience every time they fly to New York”.

With thousands of the airline’s passengers flying between London and New York every week, BA says it “remains committed to improving its customer experience at JFK” with an investment of $65 million that includes new lounges for First and Club World customers.

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