The iconic TWA Flight Center at New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport is set to become a hotel complex honoring the airport's golden jet age era, while providing vital on-airport rooms and meeting space.
JFK is one of the few U.S. airports without an on-airport hotel. The $265 million project, which is expected to break ground next year, is slated to open in 2018 with 505 hotel rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, restaurants, a spa, and a 10,000-square-foot observation deck. The complex will feature two six-story hotel towers and a micro-grid energy management system, allowing the building to generate its own power.
"This administration has committed to modernizing New York's airports for the 21st century by creating gateways worthy of New York City and ensuring travelers have the services they need," said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. "At the TWA Flight Center, we are able to meet those goals while also preserving its iconic design for passengers to enjoy for decades to come."
Plans call for the curving 1960's-era stark white concourse with plush-red lounge area, designed by legendary architect Eero Saarinen, to remain as it first looked a half-a-century ago.