Construction of JFK’s TWA Hotel Begins in Earnest
It looks like John F. Kennedy International Airport is finally going to get an on-airport hotel. The transformation of the TWA Flight Center to the TWA Hotel has begun and TWA Hotel signs are popping up around the site.
The new hotel will have 505 rooms as well as multiple restaurants and bars with a 1960s feel to them. The hotel will have 40,000 square feet (3,716 square meters) of meeting and event space and a 10,000 square foot (929 square meter) observation deck.
The Eero Saarinen-designed landmark terminal will serve as the reception area as well as location for the restaurants and bars and travelers will be able to access Terminal 5, the terminal that replaced the TWA Flight Center, through one of the tubes that originally took TWA passengers to their gates.
The hotel is being built by MCR Development in partnership with JetBlue, which operates Terminal 5. The TWA name was licensed to the property by its owner, American Airlines. That airline acquired many of TWA’s assets in bankruptcy in 2001.
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