Construction starts on $265 million TWA Flight Center Hotel

Gov. Cuomo, together with New York-based hotel investment firm MCR, break ground Thursday on the legendary TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport. (KEVIN P. COUGHLIN/OFFICE OF GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO/OFFICE OF GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUO) Image source:

Construction has started on the new $265 million TWA Flight Center Hotel at JFK Airport, preserving the iconic 1962-era Saarinen terminal and, according to the developers, “restoring the landmark to its jet age condition for generations to enjoy.”

Turner Construction is building the hotel, a public-private partnership redevelopment between MCR Development, JetBlue and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Rendering showing some of the interior of the new hotel

“The TWA Flight Center Hotel will be an economic engine and a world-class airport hotel, creating approximately 3,700 construction and permanent jobs, 505 new hotel rooms, and 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting space at JFK,” MCR Development CEO Tyler Morse said in a statement. Whether staying the night or simply exploring, international visitors and New Yorkers alike will be able to experience the magic of the Jet Age in this extraordinary mid-century icon. We are proud to play a part in Governor Cuomo’s effort to revitalize New York’s airports for generations to come, and we look forward to working with all of the carriers at JFK to realize this vision.”

LubranoCiaverra Architects have designed the structure, which incorporates many elements of the original flight terminal building.


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