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Scheme for famous JFK terminal takes flight

New York’s Port Authority has given the green light to transform Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center into a hotel

Manhattan-based hotelier Andre Balazs, chief executive of Andre Balazs Properties and owner of the Standard chain, has been appointed to reconfigure the currently disused terminal which lies in the heart of JFK airport.

The bat-winged-shaped building, which was opened in 1962 a year after Saarinen’s death and which is also known as the Trans World Flight Center, is on the National Register of Historic Places, the US equivalent of listed status in the UK.

The Port Authority’s executive director, Pat Foye told the New York Post: ‘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’.

As well as the hotel the scheme will also include a conference centre, restaurants, shops and a flight museum.

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