American Airlines and British Airways have begun work on upgrades and additions to Terminal 8 at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

The $344m project involves addition of five wide-body gates and four adjacent wide-body hard stands, improved baggage systems and new lounges.

The investment on the new terminal aims to provide customers with a new check-in space, upgraded concessions and retail options.

American Airlines president Robert Isom said: “Our investment will put the 14 daily flights from JFK to London that we offer in partnership with British Airways in the same terminal and give customers premium check-in space, new joint lounges and a larger variety of retail and dining options.

“We will be adding more than 70,000 square feet to customer and operational spaces to create a truly world-class experience at JFK.”

The airline team members who are responsible for the terminal operations will benefit from easier connections to American Airlines’ joint business partner British Airways because of the co-located long-haul aircraft gates and an improved baggage system.

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Terminal 8, which is claimed to be the largest passenger terminal in the JFK airport, has two Concourses with a total of 29 gates. The terminal handles nearly 13 million passengers annually and features retail and food outlets.

British Airways chairman and CEO Alex Cruz said: “This is an exciting development in our move to Terminal 8, alongside American Airlines, our Atlantic joint-business partner.

“We are one step closer to offering an even better customer experience for passengers traveling to, from and through JFK. We look forward to our continued work with the Port Authority and American Airlines in order to build a world-class transatlantic travel experience.”

The upgrades to the terminal 8 are expected to be completed in 2022.

JFK is carrying out several renovation works as part of a $13bn project to handle 75 million passengers by 2030.


American Airlines and British Airways have joined Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to begin work on JFK Terminal 8. Credit: American Airlines.