On December 15 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, together with the hotel investment firm MCR, broke ground on the conversion plan to rehabilitate the legendary TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport into a 505-room hotel. Closed to the public since 2001, the internationally-recognised building will begin a new life, mirroring its 1962 design aesthetic and delivering an on-site airport hotel to New York’s John F Kennedy Airport.
Arguably the most famous airport terminal building ever built, the TWA Flight Center opened to critical acclaim in 1962, a year after architect Eero Saarinen’s death, and served as TWA’s terminal at JFK International Airport until 2001, when it was no longer able to support larger modern aircraft types. In 1994, the City of New York designated the terminal a historic landmark and in 2005 the National Park Service listed the TWA Flight Center on the National Register of Historic Places.
“JFK Airport is one of largest international transit hubs in the world and a key driver of New York’s economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “The conversion of the TWA Flight Center into a new state-of-the-art hotel will preserve this iconic landmark while cementing JFK’s status as a crown jewel of aviation. This groundbreaking builds on our efforts to modernise gateways across the state and we will continue working to drive growth, support thriving regional economies and build 21st century infrastructure of the caliber that New York deserves.”