A new airport experiences awaits British Airways and American Airlines customers at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York. The two airlines are ready to welcome customers to the newly renovated Terminal 8 at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Starting on 1 December, 2022, customers will benefit from an enhanced travel experience with seamless travel connections as the two airlines co-locate operations as part of a $400 million investment. This marks the completion of the first phase of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s redevelopment of the airport.
To celebrate British Airways’ move from Terminal 7 to Terminal 8; New York Governor Kathy Hochul, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, American Airlines and British Airways today announced the opening of a newly expanded Terminal 8, marking completion of the first phase of the historic JFK Vision Plan that is transforming the international airport into a world-class global hub.
Operational enhancements of Terminal 8 include five new widebody gates, four new widebody parking positions, and an expanded and upgraded baggage handling system that will together support additional transatlantic flights. The terminal has also been expanded with approximately 130,000 square feet of additional and refurbished space.
Premium customers traveling on both airlines will be able to enjoy an elevated travel journey. Upon arrival at JFK, premium customers will be greeted at the brand new co-branded premium check-in area providing personalized, concierge-style service. Thoughtfully designed architectural elements will also define an exclusive check-in space for eligible customers.
Once through security, three distinctive custom lounges that combine the best of both brands will provide a refined, welcoming pre-flight experience for eligible customers based on cabin of travel and loyalty program status.
The two brand new lounges – Chelsea and Soho – have been designed with original high-end finishes — evoking a unique sense of space while elevating the experience and service offered to every guest.
Gensler, the world’s leading architecture and design firm, was commissioned to design the premium check-in area and lounges, and Sodexo Magic will deliver an outstanding offering of food and drinks to lounge customers.
Terminal 8’s expansion is a critical component of the JFK Vision Plan that is transforming the airport into what will be one of the world’s finest international gateways with a 21st-century customer experience and increased connectivity for travellers.
The move by British Airways will bring the storied carrier closer to its partner airlines as Terminal 8 becomes home for five oneworld® Alliance carriers. Iberia plans to move into Terminal 8 on Dec. 1, and Japan Airlines expects to move its operations to Terminal 8 in May 2023.