Iconic JFK Airport Terminal Will Have New Life As A Standard Hotel

Iconic JFK Airport Terminal Will Have New Life As A Standard Hotel

Eero Saarinen's famous JFK terminal at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture, but as a flight terminal, the building has fallen a bit behind the times. Largely unoccupied since 2001, the iconic building has left many wondering what would become of it. Recently, hotelier Andre Balazs announced that he would be turning the 1960s terminal into a hotel and changing the name from the TWA Flight Center to the Standard, Flight Center.

The new hotel would include a conference center, meeting facilities, retail space, a spa and a flight museum to honor the building's heritage and will become a part of the Standard Hotel family.

Balazs is still waiting for final approval from Port Authority, who contacted him about the opportunity, and there is no timeline in place as of right now. "The Port Authority is committed to preserving the essence of (Saarinen's) iconic design and to continuing to work with (Balazs Properties) on a plan to transform the historic TWA Flight Center into a one-of-a-kind hotel and conference center in the heart of JFK's central terminal area," said Pat Foye. It will be exciting to see what becomes of the historic space.