Adieu Terminal City: The Future JFK is Coming Soon

Tube-shaped corridor at the TWA Flight Center

Now that the plans to redevelop John F. Kennedy International Airport as a more interconnected airport have been somewhat finalized, it’s important to look back at the airport’s first redevelopment in the 1950s as Terminal City.
While the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which assumed control of the airport in 1947, originally envisioned one large 55-gate terminal.  Larger airlines were against the idea as it would not allow for any expansion.  As a result of the opposition, architect Wallace Harrison developed a master plan for what would be called “Terminal City,” where each major airline would be given space for its own terminal and the freedom to develop its own terminal building. Airlines competed against one another to for the best designed terminal, which resulted in such masterpieces as the Pan Am Worldport,…

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