On Friday, May 24th, Delta unveiled its new international portal at New York’s JFK Airport. Fliers passing through the $1.4 billion terminal will experience an expanded security area with 16 lanes, a 24,000 square-foot Sky Club with its own rooftop deck, and outposts of some of New York City’s signature restaurants. “This is a special day at Delta, the culmination of a very long journey,” Delta CEO Richard Anderson said at a news conference and celebration inside the newly renovated terminal. “We’re going to keep investing in New York.”
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The multi-billion dollar makeover marks another major attempt by Delta to grab a larger share of the highly coveted corporate and premium paying traveler. Last December, the airline announced it was buying a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic, the carrier founded by British mogul Richard Branson, who was in attendance at Friday’s celebration. The deal will give Delta a stronger perch at London’s Heathrow Airport, one of the most important international business markets in the world.
The newly expanded and renovated terminal includes nine new and seven renovated gates, and work has started on 11 more. Its state of the art Sky Club has touch screens where passengers can order sushi platters or cocktails, showers, and an outside deck that resembles the kind of rooftop lounge travelers can visit when they hit the streets of New York City.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg spoke at the news conference and stated that the terminal’s new restaurants, such as Blue Smoke on the Road and Shake Shack give travelers a taste of New York as soon as they step off the plane. “Delta means a lot to New York City and New York City means a lot to Delta,” said Bloomberg. [USATODAY]