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American Airlines announces redevelopment of Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport

American Airlines announces redevelopment of Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport

Today, American Airlines announced a $125 million commercial rehabilitation programme for Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), in collaboration with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) Airports.

The renovation will include a new Great Hall and is anticipated to expand the terminal’s dining and shopping options by almost 60 percent. The new initiative will highlight New York’s renowned culinary scene and create a distinctive feeling of place for visitors by putting an emphasis on locally owned and diversified companies that will offer economic opportunities for the area.

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Terminal 8 has also become a world-renowned gateway for American’s oneworld partners. Within the past year, British Airways, Iberia and Japan Airlines relocated operations and Qantas returned service to Terminal 8.

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American chose JFK T8 Innovation Partners, a partnership run by URW, to be in charge of the reconstruction. URW owns, develops, and manages sustainable, premium real estate properties throughout Europe and the US. Phoenix Infrastructure Group, a minority-owned, MBE-certified investment company focused on critical infrastructure projects, and Holt Construction, one of New York’s top construction management companies with experience in more than 100 aviation projects at airports across the country, including the expansion of Terminal 8, where Holt exceeded its 30 percent Minority and Women-Owned (MW) target, are also joining the T8 Partners team with a 30 percent equity stake each.

Big opportunities for the Big Apple

The connection to the Queens, New York City and New York State communities will be at the forefront of the redevelopment, from design and construction to operating opportunities for local business owners. With the expansion of the concessions program, the project will create more than 300 new concessions jobs at Terminal 8.

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T8 Partners will introduce a small company accelerator programme for Queens and Locally Based Enterprises that will offer technical support and cutting-edge leasing methodologies with minimal risk in an effort to lower the entrance barriers into the airport industry for locally owned small enterprises. T8 Partners is also dedicated to helping the Port Authority reach its targets of 30% M/WBE involvement in concession space design and construction and 30% Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) for concession operations.

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In order to deliver a food and beverage programme with brands that value sustainable business practises and get 100% of all eligible tenants to become Certified Green Restaurants, T8 Partners has partnered with The Green Restaurant Association. Sustainability is another essential component of the redevelopment.

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