JetBlue Wants to Turn New York’s 1962 TWA Terminal into a Hotel
JetBlue is the latest domestic airline to try to break into the hotel business. The carrier and MCR Development, are reportedly in talks with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to open a hotel inside JFK Airport’s shuttered TWA terminal, which was completed in 1962 and designed by midcentury modern bigwig Eero Saarinen.
The retro-futuristic TWA Flight Center, something of an emblem for the Jetsons-style architecture of the day, has been closed except for tours and private events since 2001. JetBlue is interested in reopening the space to the public, turning it into a 500-room property with easy access to the airline’s JFK terminal.
Negotiations are far from final, and previous attempts to develop the space—like one from hotelier Andre Balazs—have failed, but JetBlue appears to currently be the preferred bidder for the project.
If the airline does get the go-ahead, they’ll also need approval from the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission, as the building is both an exterior and interior landmark.
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