British Airways has revealed more details of its plans to move to a new terminal at New York’s JFK airport later this year.
BA announced in 2019 that it would move to a redeveloped and expanded Terminal 8 at JFK, alongside joint business partner American Airlines. BA’s relocation from its current home in Terminal 7 is now scheduled for 1 December 2022.
The redevelopment of Terminal 8 includes adding five new widebody gates, an enhanced baggage handling system, improved passenger facilities and expanded premium lounges.
Tom Stevens, British Airways’ director of brand and customer experience, said: “New York holds a special place in our heart as one of our most well-loved and important destinations.
“Our move to the redeveloped and expanded Terminal 8 will bring a range of benefits for our customers, including a better transfer experience.”
Sharing a terminal with American Airlines will give BA premium customers access to a co-branded separate check-in area, offering “concierge-style” service, which will replace American’s Flagship First Check-In area.
There will also be three lounges offering seating for a total of around 1,000 BA and American passengers.
The “most exclusive” lounge will offer a new champagne bar, fireside lounge and a la carte dining room. A second lounge will offer airside views, wine bar, cocktail lounge, library and buffet.
The third lounge will be created through the repurposing of American’s Flagship Lounge and Concourse B Admirals Club into a facility for eligible business class customers.
“American is eager to welcome British Airways to their new home at JFK,” said Alison Taylor, American’s chief customer officer.
“Their move to Terminal 8 further deepens our longstanding partnership and makes it easier than ever for customers traveling between New York and London or onward across our global networks.”