American Airlines and British Airways have co-located at the newly renovated Terminal 8 inside New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The announcement marks the completion of the first phase of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s redevelopment of the airport.
The $400 million investment from both airlines to overhaul the terminal has yielded five new widebody gates, four new widebody parking positions, and updated baggage handling systems. Plus, Terminal 8 now boasts 130,000 square feet of additional or refurbished space with a new check-in area and tow lounges—Chelsea and Soho—designed by Gensler.
“This inspiring expansion of Terminal 8, fostering superb hourly services between JFK and London, is an example of what’s to come at JFK, where our vision for a world-class 21st-century airport is now unfolding from one end of the airport to the other,” says Port Authority executive director Rick Cotton. “Thanks to the investment made by American Airlines and British Airways, Terminal 8—with five new widebody gates—offers an improved passenger experience and expanded capacity for trans-Atlantic travel to and from JFK. This investment by our private partners at Terminal 8 is a vote of confidence in the future of the airport and the region.”
Included in the revitalized terminal are a trio of lounges: Greenwich, Chelsea, and Soho. American’s flagship lounge has been rebranded as the Greenwich Lounge, boasting a premium wine table, expansive seating, and chef-inspired dining. A striking, circular champagne bar opulently anchors the Chelsea Lounge, which is also equipped with a fireside lounge, dining space, and luxury showers. Finally, floor-to-ceiling windows frame airside views at the upscale Soho Lounge.
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