British Airways has announced it is to move to Terminal 8 at New York JFK airport, where it will be co-located with American Airlines.
BA will remain in its current home in Terminal 7 until 2022. The terminal will be demolished as part of a broader redevelopment of JFK.
JetBlue is to construct a new terminal on the site, which will be linked to its existing home in Terminal 5.
Terminal 7 has been BA’s home at New York JFK since the days of one of its two immediate predecessor airlines BOAC.
BA adds that £250m will be invested in Terminal 8 to customise it for BA use, including five additional gates for widebody aircraft and four wide body “hard stands” (this does suggest that remote stands may be required and not all aircraft will board from gates) and new lounges.
This does address one of the significant disadvantages of the AA and BA transatlantic joint-venture over Delta and Virgin Atlantic who share terminals at both Heathrow and New York.
A number of Oneworld alliance airlines have already moved from Terminal 7 to 8 including Cathay Pacific and Qantas.
BA is currently refurbishing Terminal 7. It has recently opened a new First Class lounge and a new Club lounge is due to open later this year.