The overall renovation of John F. Kennedy International Airport into a modern gateway starts to take more pace after the recent announcements made by Governor Andrew Cuomo. According to Cuomo, both British Airways and American Airlines will invest $344 million for the transformation of Terminal 8, which at present functions as a hub for the latter.
British Airways will soon move all of its operations to the new space from Terminal 7 which is as per the agreement. JetBlue has issued a request in 2017 which was for qualifications to build a new terminal and it will be situated on the north side of the JFK airport and join to its current space at Terminal 5. Cuomo in his statement told that the agreement between both American Airlines and British Airways is an extraordinary private investment. He added that this agreement will turn John F. Kennedy International Airport into a truly modern airport.
The new Terminal 8 of the John F. Kennedy International Airport will get an extra 70,400 square feet of area. Out of the newly added area, about half of it will be used for the outdoor space. The improvement plans include various other parts like better concessions, a revamped check-in area and more wide-body gates which are generally superior for international flights. Though this is part of the larger plan which estimates around $13 billion of expenditure to transform the John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal 8’s revamp will be accomplished without funding from the Port Authority. According to the Wall Street Journal, the contract made between both American Airlines and British Airways will make American Airlines pay for all the advancements, whereas British Airways will be the tenant. The main aim of the project is to improve customer service and greatly increase the number of yearly passengers.