AA opens billion dollar JFK terminal

American Airlines has announced the official ribbon cutting on the new $1.3 billion terminal at New York’s JFK International Airport. “We’re giving visitors to New York City a great first impression with our state-of-the-art facility, which includes 1.58 million square feet, two new Admirals Club lounges and a Flagship Lounge,” said Gerard Arpey, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines.

“From our speedier security and customs processing to the New York City-themed art on the walls, our new terminal is producing a more convenient, welcoming and enjoyable travel experience for visitors and New Yorkers alike.”

At more than 1.58 million square feet, the new JFK terminal offers travel industry’s premier international arrival and departure facilities. The terminal includes 84 ticketing positions, 44 Self-Service Check-In machines with both domestic and international check-in capabilities, security checkpoints capable of handling 1,800 travelers per hour, a new U.S. Customs and Immigration facility that can handle 1,600 travelers per hour, as well as a state-of-the-art, in-line security baggage system to expedite passenger processing times.

Other recent improvements include two new Admirals Club.

Lounges and a new Flagship Lounge for international First Class passengers, a combined $12 million investment. The new Flagship Lounge and a second new Admirals Club lounge are located in Concourse B and occupy a combined 18,200 square feet. Premium class travelers also benefit from new premium class check-in service, new premium class security lanes and new International curb-side check-in service - ensuring that curb-through-security processing takes less than 30 minutes.