With the addition of two new wings, Eero Saarinen’s T.W.A. Flight Center at Kennedy Airport — a lyrical landmark in search of an everyday purpose — might finally reopen to the traveling public for the first time since Trans World Airlines went out of business in 2001.
The six-story wings, shoehorned into a crescent-shaped area between the T.W.A. Flight Center and JetBlue’s Terminal 5, would be part of a 505-room hotel built by MCR Development. Its holdings include the High Line Hotel in Chelsea, which occupies part of the General Theological Seminary campus.
Pending approvals, construction of the T.W.A. Flight Center Hotel, as it would be called, is to begin next year. It would open in 2018. The budget is roughly $250 million, including a $65 million renovation of the Saarinen building.