What will $65 million in improvements look like in Terminal 7 at JFK Airport in New York City? British Airways is set to invest heavily in its operations there and wants the new terminal to look and feel something more like the new First Wing at Heathrow Terminal 5 which just opened for service. The company released a video this morning with some renderings of what the new space will look like.
From the video:
Why New York? Its out most popular long-haul route. We operate up to 20 flights a day between the two cities serving more than 100,000 customers a month. It’s a city that doesn’t sit still and neither can we.
I’m not sure what the 20 are (I count 12 o/w flights in June including LHR/LGW/LCY) but the point remains that BA runs a ton of capacity in and out of New York City and the terminal desperately needs an upgrade. Given these goals the company has set out a two year timeline to refresh nearly the entire building.
The land-side area will be fully refreshed with new check-in areas throughout.
Lounges will be updated to look similar to the Boston lounge that just opened.
The TSA security checkpoint will be “enhanced” and new “immersive” retail options will be installed.9
New seats and power sockets will be installed at the boarding gate areas to “delight” passengers.
And the new terminal will offer an authentic culinary experience to satisfy a variety of tastes.
Construction in the airport “starts soon” on all these projects with a goal to complete in the 2019 timeframe.
Overall I’m mostly excited for the renovations. The existing terminal is dark and dreary. New lights and new restaurants will help on that front, though much of that will depend on what is actually in place when the construction finishes. If it is a bunch of off-brand restaurants all managed from a central kitchen with prices increased 20% I’m not so sure it will make passengers any happier. And if there really are as few seats as are shown in the rendering above there will be all sorts of problems.
Still, the overall investment should bring benefits to passengers in every cabin which is a nice development to see.
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