New York’s JFK airport terminal to transform into new hotel


TWA Flight Center

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has selected MCR Development and JetBlue Airways to renovate the Trans World Airlines terminal at John F Kennedy Airport into a hotel complex.

According to New York governor Andrew Cuomo, the $265m project will involve a new 505-room hotel, which is expected to have a 10,000ft² observation deck and restaurants, as well as a spa.

MCR CEO Tyler Morse said: "Accessible to the general public as well as all airlines from all terminals, the 505-room hotel at the rehabilitated TWA Flight Center will be a tremendous amenity for the entire JFK International Airport.

"The 505-room hotel at the rehabilitated TWA Flight Center will be a tremendous amenity for the entire JFK International Airport."

"Thank you to governor Cuomo and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for this incredible opportunity to celebrate and preserve Eero Saarinen's historic masterpiece, while also creating 3,700 construction and permanent jobs and 40,000ft² of desperately needed onsite meeting space."

The renovated hotel is expected to open in 2018.

MCR and JetBlue Airways will own 95% and 5% of the hotel respectively and will have a 75-year lease agreement with the port authority.

As part of this development, the port authority is expected to invest $20m to refurbish the building into its original details.

Moreover, the authority will provide $8m for an AirTrain station that connects the hotel to the JetBlue terminal.

The project also includes plans to open a museum that will provide space for the history of TWA, the Jet Age, and the mid-century modern design movement.

Opened in 1962, the TWA Airlines terminal closed in 2001. The Pan Am Worldport, another Jet Age terminal at JFK was demolished in 2013 for aircraft parking space.


Image: The TWA Flight Center building at John F Kennedy International Airport, New York City. Photo: courtesy of AudeVivere.