JFK's TWA Terminal begins hotel retrofit

The TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport in New York City took the first steps toward being converted into a hotel. MCR Development signed a 75-year lease with the state of New York for the hotel in 2015, and construction had started on the property as of early December, but now it is officially underway.

The property went through a period of uncertainty before MCR was attached to the project. Developers including Andre Balazs and Donald Trump previously came forward with interest in redeveloping the space, but plans floundered until MCR became attached to the property.

MCR’s goal is to create two crescent-shaped buildings consisting of 505 guestrooms. Beyer Blinder Belle is the architect of record. When completed, the property will also open eight new restaurants, conference rooms and a cocktail bar and nightclub. It will be the first hotel at the airport.

Virtual Event

HOTEL OPTIMIZATION PART 2 | SEPTEMBER 10 & 24, 2020

Survival in these times is highly dependent on a hotel's ability to quickly adapt and pivot their business to meet the current needs of travelers and the surrounding community. Join us for Optimization Part 2 – a FREE virtual event – as we bring together top players in the industry to discuss alternative uses when occupancy is down, ways to boost F&B revenue, how to help your staff adjust to new challenges and more, in a series of panels focused on how you can regain profitability during this crisis.


“The conversion of the TWA Flight Center into a new state-of-the-art hotel will preserve this iconic landmark while cementing JFK’s status as a crown jewel of aviation,” New York governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “This groundbreaking builds on our efforts to modernize gateways across the state and we will continue working to drive growth, support thriving regional economies and build 21st century infrastructure of the caliber that New York deserves.”

The property is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

Suggested Articles

The company's main markets are still substantially affected by the measures rolled out to combat the COVID-19 health crisis.

Revenue per available room and occupancy increased over Q2, but uncertainty around the industry’s recovery remains.

The integration aims to provide hoteliers with seamless and complete visibility over group, catering and event sales performance activity.