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The historic TWA Flight Center, housed in New York City’s JFK Airport, will soon be put to use for the first time in 14 years. Built in 1962, the Eero Saarinen-designed terminal ended operations in 2001. In 2005 the terminal began its transformation into JetBlue’s Terminal 5, but this portion of the project was never completed.

Photo courtesy of Library of Congress/Balthazar Korab
Photo courtesy of Library of Congress/Balthazar Korab

Yesterday NY governor Cuomo announced that the terminal will become the TWA Flight Center Hotel, in partnership with JetBlue, the Port Authority and a private development firm. The $265 million facility will include 500-plus hotel rooms, several dining establishments, 40,000 square feet of common space and a large observation deck. The developer also plans to include a museum that encapsulates the essence of the Jet Age and the history of TWA Airlines.

As for the timeline, construction for the TWA Flight Center Hotel should start next year, and the opening is set for 2018. 

Hat Tip: Curbed NY

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