Princess Alexandra opened the new BOAC-Air Canada passenger terminal at Kennedy Airport, New York, on Thursday (24 September).
Princess Alexandra opened the new BOAC-Air Canada passenger terminal at Kennedy Airport, New York, on Thursday (24 September). It is the first such terminal at the airport built by a carrier other than a United States airline.
The terminal has cost nearly GBP20 million (56 million dollars) and has been eight years in construction. The building work has twice been delayed by major fires causing more than GBP1 million pounds worth (3 million dollars) of damage. Arson is suspected in both cases.
The terminal covers a 26-acre sits, making it the biggest of the Kennedy Airport terminals. Two million passengers are expected to pass through it in the next 12 months.
Its opening means that passengers for aircraft from BOAC, Air Canada, Qantas and several associated airlines will no longer have to encounter the chaos of the international arrivals building. Check-in points at loading piers enable late arrivals to board airliners within five minutes of departure.
Thursday's colourful opening ceremony, in which trumpeters of the Brigade of Guards took part, went off without a hitch.