Plans for Former TWA Terminal to Become JFK Hotel Approved

New JFK hotel to go into historic terminal By: Kenneth Shapiro
The classic TWA Terminal at JFK will be turned into a hotel. // © 2015 Flickr/Evan P. Cordes
The classic TWA Terminal at JFK will be turned into a hotel. // © 2015 Flickr/Evan P. Cordes

The Details

Crain’s New York Business

According to Crain’s New York Business, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has given the greenlight to a partnership between JetBlue and MCR Development to transform the former TWA terminal at JFK into what will be the airport’s only hotel.

Why It Matters:
This new property will provide a more convenient option for clients with long layovers. While other hotels at JFK — one of the nation’s busiest airports — are located just outside the airport and employ shuttles to ferry passengers, this hotel will be constructed in the former TWA terminal building designed by architect Eero Saarinen and built in the 1960s. The property will have 505 rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, up to eight eateries and an observation deck.

Fast Facts:
- The terminal would be JetBlue’s first hotel project open to the public. The airline recently developed a boutique hotel in Orlando, Fla., for use only by its employees.

- JetBlue and MCR will build hotel rooms from the ground up next to the terminal and refurbish the interior of the building to become the property’s main entrance.

- The TAW terminal building is next to JetBlue’s existing terminal at that airport.

What They Are Saying:
“First-class hotels are a mark of a 21st-century airport and JFK and LaGuardia are among the very few major airports without this amenity,” said Joe Sitt, chairman of the airport advocacy group Global Gateway Alliance. “We applaud the Port Authority for moving ahead with plans to develop the iconic TWA Flight Center, because it’s past time for a smart use for the building and for an on-airport hotel available to millions of JFK passengers.”