Leaked comments from American Airlines President Robert Isom suggested that American and British Airways were trying to co-locate in a single terminal at New York JFK though I wondered if all they would be able to accomplish is getting all New York – London flights into one terminal. After all British Airways was putting about $65 million into refurbishments in New York JFK terminal 7, and American kept claiming they’re full in terminal 8.
British Airways and American announced this week that BA would move to American’s terminal 8 in 2022. That’s not really news, since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said this was part of the plan back in October. However we do get new details.
- Four new gates for widebodies
- There will be two stinger gates – excruciatingly long jet bridges
- They’ll convert a regional jet get to a widebody gate
- A remote stand or bus gate
Some are surprised by BA’s willingness to walk away from that investment, but $65 million is peanuts amortized over four years in the context of the $1 billion annually they generate on the New York – London route.
I wonder if today’s news that British Airways plans to move its operations — in 2022 — could still mean moving New York – London flying entirely over to British Airways.
- All of American’s connecting feed becomes easy on the New York side.
- But if BA operated the flights then all of their combined New York – London service would be operated out of the same terminal in London – Heathrow’s T5 – including much of the connecting operation on the other side of the pond.
The other way to do this, of course, would be to house BA’s New York flights in terminal 3 with American but that makes connecting beyond London more cumbersome and separates out New York from the bulk of BA’s Atlantic operation.