|Quoting Polot (Reply 91):|
I think that is the point... the PANYNJ wants BA and partners out, preferably to an expanded T8, and full control over T7 and the land it sits on
Agreed. I highly doubt BA
or PANYNJ has any intention of keeping the terminal as is. Keeping up with the trend of foreign airlines exiting the terminal operator business as well as pressure from PANYNJ, I predict BA
will be exiting as a building operator in seven years as well. Pure speculation on my part. Several things needs to happen before BA
1. As a business, British Airways is looking to pay as little as possible for its move, while maximizing its investment. This could be a partnership of financial institutions, IAG
, PANYNJ, American, Cathay Pacific, what have you. BA
has indicated by opening up lounges elsewhere that they want to keep that aspect of their brand.
2. PANYNJ will have to pressure BA
to leave and word on the street is they do indeed want BA
out. I just wonder what their motive is. Would they make money off Terminal 7 once BA
is out? Or do they want to raze it and use it as hardstands?
3. IF BA
indeed will move, an announcement will follow a finalized construction project. A new wing/terminal, whatever you may call it, takes a bit of time. The old AA
plans are just that - old - they have to be redrawn, resubmitted, etc
4. Labor disputes need to be resolved one way or another. BA
still employs its own employees throughout the United States, a characteristic unlike any foreign carrier, who have long switched most of their customer contact to their partner airline, handling agent or both. I also don't know of a BA
station outside of UK that employs BA
|Quoting Natflyer (Reply 69):|
T7 is a dump. Have you been through International Arrivals there?
Frankly, any terminal at peak time is a dump, even state of the art. However, I must somewhat agree with you - Terminal 7 takes a special slice of that cake.