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Here’s What To Expect When The Abandoned JFK Terminal Reopens After 20 Years

By Parker Diakite

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Trans World Airlines (TWA) was the crème-de-la-crème for air travel when Eero Saarinen designed the TWA Flight Center at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in 1962.

The terminal was designed specifically for TWA and featured a prominent wing-shaped shell roof, red-carpeted departure-arrival corridors, and tall windows that enabled views of departing and arriving jets. Saarinen’s design was so iconic that it was declared a New York City landmark in 1994 but In 2001, the terminal closed due to difficulties with keeping up with a booming modern airline industry, as reported in MSN.

TWA has been out of the public eye since its closing, but starting Feb. 14,  guests will have the chance to make a reservation at the new TWA Hotel slated to formally open on May 15.

The hotel will feature 512 guestrooms with “exhilarating views of JFK’s runways and the iconic TWA Flight Center,” according to the website.

In addition, the facility will offer six restaurants, eight bars, meeting and event spaces that host up to 1,600 people, a rooftop observation deck with a pool, and fitness facility fit for spinning, yoga, and more.

Guests will also find a Jet Age museum, coffee shops by Intelligentsia Coffee, and a restaurant by legendary French-American chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, as reported in MSN.  Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and More Development, the company awarded the TWA contract in 2015, told the publication that the rooms will go sell out quickly.


“They’re going to fly off the shelves,” says Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and Morse Development, the company awarded the TWA contract in 2015. “I can’t tell you how many emails we get, everybody’s trying to jump to the front of the line, which we’re not doing, we’re trying to keep it a fair and equitable process, but it’s going to be crazy.”

Rooms will be priced at $249 per night and designed to match the original retro 1960s styles.

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