Cathay Pacific is relocating to New York’s John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport Terminal 8 today (January 15), in a move announced last month that is aimed at providing improved access to connecting oneworld flights, notably those operated by American Airlines.
The Hong Kong-based carrier had previously been located at JFK’s Terminal 7. The airline’s final departure from the terminal is scheduled for a 0045 takeoff (local time) on January 15. All subsequent Cathay Pacific flights from the airport will take off from Terminal 8 – the airport’s largest passenger terminal at approximately twice the size of Madison Square Garden.
“Moving our operations to Terminal 8 at JFK, the home of our oneworld partner American Airlines, will improve our passengers’ travel experience considerably,” said the airline’s director of service delivery, James Ginns. “The first-rate facilities and amenities available, in addition to the significant connectivity advantages that the move brings, will further enhance the delivery of our brand promise of a Life Well Travelled.”
In addition to the terminal’s dining, retail and entertainment options, first and business class passengers, along with eligible Marco Polo Club members, will also have access to American Airlines’ lounges – the Admirals Club or the Flagship Lounge, which is expected to complete renovations in April.
The rejuvenated Flagship Lounge is planned to feature updated interiors, added space, greater privacy and an enhanced personalised service. A new Flagship First Dining option featuring a seasonal, multi-course menu will also be introduced at the lounge.
Cathay Pacific’s Terminal 8 relocation comes approximately a week after New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, unveiled a multi-billion-dollar plan to update and transform the ageing airport.