BA postpones JFK lounges revamp

17 Jun 2009 by Mark Caswell

British Airways has delayed the planned £30m redevelopment of its lounges and ground facilities at JFK, blaming “one of the most difficult trading environments in its history”.

The carrier had announced the refurbishment plans in May 2008 (see online news May 24, 2008), which will include creating a new premium check-in pavillion, and the transformation of the current Terraces, First and Concorde lounges into the Galleries concept already seen at Heathrow T5.

But the refurbishment project will now be delayed. In a statement BA said that “the airline industry is facing one of the most difficult trading environments in its history and British Airways is not alone in facing a very challenging period”.  

“Consequently, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone some planned initiatives, one of them being the redevelopment of our lounges at JFK.”

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Report by Mark Caswell

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