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British Airways To Invest In US Airports

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | November 18, 2016

British Airways To Invest In US Airports

Photo courtesy of British Airways

Well, at least somebody is investing in U.S. airports.

While the country waits to see if President-Elect Donald Trump will follow through on his plan to bolster the country’s infrastructure, British Airways today announced it would invest $110 million in its U.S. airport facilities over the next five years.

While some of that is to improve BA lounges at airports in Boston, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Houston and Seattle, the bulk of it — more than $65 million — will go toward improving the customer experience at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 7, where British Airways has its home base.

Renovations will focus on check-in, security and boarding gates areas, as well as a refurbishment of its First and Business class lounges.

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“We are excited to start work on a targeted investment plan to make improvements for our customers. We have already introduced the newest aircraft in our fleet onto many of our popular routes in the U.S. and we want to ensure the lounge facilities match that premium experience,” Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement. “Next year we will be flying to 25 cities in the U.S. “It is a very important market for British Airways, which is why we have the most flights to Europe and fly to more cities in the U.S. than any other European airline.”

BA also announced a new codeshare partnership with Alaska Airlines, broadening its base to 10 more U.S. cities, including seven on the west coast and three in Hawaii. New connecting cities as part of the Alaska Airlines codeshare agreement are: Honolulu, Kona, Kahului, Portland, Salt Lake City, Boise, Fairbanks, Spokane and Santa Ana.

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