American Airlines and British Airways have announced the construction of New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 8 with an investment of $344m.

According to American Airlines president Robert Isom, the firm’s investment will enable the 14 daily flights from JFK to London that are offered in partnership with British Airways to be handled at the same terminal.

The JFK Terminal 8 investment aims to provide customers with a premium check-in space, new joint lounges and a wider range of retail and dining options.

Isom added: “We will be adding more than 70,000ft² to customer and operational spaces to create a truly world-class experience at JFK.”

Airline personnel responsible for the terminal operations will benefit from closer, faster and easier connections to American Airlines’ joint business partner British Airways due to co-located long-haul aircraft gates and an enhanced baggage system.

American Airlines and British Airways will become the first airlines representing the transformation of JFK into a global hub.

Upgrades at JFK Terminal 8 will include the addition of five widebody gates and four adjacent widebody hardstands, an enhanced baggage system, new lounges, premium check-in space and upgraded concessions and retail options.

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Passengers arriving at the New York airport will be able to conveniently connect onto other American Airlines flights, while customers departing the city will have the flexibility of 14 daily flights to London all departing from the same terminal.

The terminal’s construction is expected to be completed in 2022.

British Airways chairman and CEO Alex Cruz said: “This is an exciting development in our move to Terminal 8, alongside American Airlines, our Atlantic joint-business partner.

“We are one step closer to offering an even better customer experience for passengers traveling to, from and through JFK. We look forward to our continued work with the Port Authority and American Airlines in order to build a world-class transatlantic travel experience.”