JetBlue to help develop hotel at JFK’s iconic TWA terminal

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The iconic TWA Terminal at New York JFK Airport is finally to get a new lease of life as a hotel, with a little help from New York based JetBlue Airways.

JetBlue has teamed up with MCR Development to build the on-site airport hotel close to JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK and will be the only hotel within the airport.

The hotel is slated for a 2018 opening and the long closed TWA Terminal will form the new hotel lobby.

The $265 million project will feature 505 rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, several restaurants and an observation deck.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates JFK, is expected to approve the plan this week.

“We are thrilled the TWA Flight Center will come alive again. As New York’s Hometown Airline, we are proud to be a minority investor in MCR’s plan, which celebrates the landmark’s rich history while returning it to public use,” said Rich Smyth, vice president of corporate real estate at JetBlue.

“We want to thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership in supporting our long-held belief that the TWA terminal can viably be restored and re-opened.”

This will be the second hotel project for JetBlue.

The carrier opened boutique hotel The Lodge at OSC in Orlando earlier this year, which is not open to the public and is used as a base for new recruit orientation.

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