The airline is investing in a new, improved terminal alongside American Airlines as part of a significant reinvestment by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The two airlines have a joint business partnership across the Atlantic, providing up to 70 flights a day from London to the USA.
Over the next four years, more than £250 million ($344m) will be invested to recreate and customize the terminal, including additional stands, enhanced state-of the-art bag-gage systems, new lounges, premium check-in areas and upgraded concessions.
British Airways, saying it “remains committed to improving its customer experience” at Terminal 7 where it will remain until 2022, will invest £52 million ($65m) for brand new lounges for First and Club World customers and an upgraded customer experience for all customers in the main areas of the building.
This investment forms part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement in October 2018 to reinvest in JFK terminals, among other city improvements.
Duty Free Americas runs the duty free shops at JFK Terminal 7, while International Shoppes has the duty free store concession in Terminal 8.
IS Vice President Matt Greenbaum tells TMI that International Shoppes is excited to welcome BA to Terminal 8 in 2022.
“We will be delighted to see British Airways in Terminal 8 in the not too distant future, and look forward to making the necessary adjustments to our operation to accommodate the new traffic,” he said.
Duty Free Americas CEO Jerome Falic commented that British Air is not moving until the end of 2022, at the earliest, and that “this was the original plan.”
While details are still coming in, he tells TMI that there could be a new tender because the space will be expanding quite a bit.