British Airways will operate all flights at New York JFK from Terminal 8 with effect from Thursday 1 December 2022.
The airline will leave its existing home at Terminal 7 to co locate with its transatlantic joint business partner American Airlines.
Terminal 7, previously dubbed as “undersized and functionally obsolete”, will be demolished to allow for a new terminal to be built on its site which will be connected to JetBlue’s existing home in Terminal 5.
American Airlines currently operates flights to New York JFK from London Heathrow Terminal 5. This move means that, like its rivals Delta & Virgin Atlantic, all AA & BA flights between Heathrow and New York JFK operate from the same terminals.
Terminal 7 To Close After 50 Years Of Operations
Whilst Terminal 7 is certainly not the most modern terminal at JFK it was popular with frequent flyers, particularly for its short walking distances and its expansive lounge complex.
The closure of Terminal 7 is symbolic as BA was the only international airline to operate its own terminal at JFK. Whilst there is an undoubted logic in the two airlines co-locating, it will diminish BA’s brand presence at JFK.
Terminal 8 Facilities & Lounges
American Airlines & BA have promised there will be three departure lounges for premium passengers at Terminal 8.
American’s existing Flagship First dining concept at Terminal 8 for ticketed First Class passengers will be “reimagined” with a new dining room, along with a champagne bar and fireside lounge.
There will also be another premium lounge with “sweeping airside views, a wine bar, cocktail lounge, library and buffet”.
American’s existing Flagship lounge, for business and First Class customers, and Concourse B Admirals Club will be “repurposed into a contiguous lounge for eligible business class customers.”
It is presumed that the access rules for these three lounges will follow the same hierarchy as the Concorde Room, First and Club lounge at Terminal 7.
There will also be a co-branded premium check-in area. American’s existing Flagship First check in area will close on Tuesday 1 February 2022 to allow this to be constructed.
AA & BA have also promised additional gates and stands for wide body aircraft. Whilst it will be some time before BA returns to a pre-COVID 19 schedule at JFK, it is hoped that BA passengers will not have to use remote stands.