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Delta de­buts JFK T4. Avianca’s new brand­ing premieres. Bangkok named top travel hotspot. Lux­ury Col­lec­tion opens Gritti Palace in Venice. Hil­ton gets Cof­fee Bean & Tea Leaf cre­ation. Boe­ing re­sumes Dream­liner de­liv­er­ies. In NewYork, Springhill, Hamp­ton Inn and Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press open in Mid­town, while Hil­ton drops room ser­vice. Fliers with no over­head bags board Amer­i­can flights ear­lier. Study finds air ticket prices up 30 per­cent since 2008.

Delta’s new Ter­mi­nal 4 has opened at John F. Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port in New York. The new ter­mi­nal brings a 21st cen­tury fa­cil­ity to NewYork, one of the busiest in­ter­na­tional hubs in the world. The ter­mi­nal fea­tures such en­hance­ments as new checkin and se­cu­rity check­points to stream­line pas­sen­ger flow, wider halls and power seat­ing.

The flag­ship of the ter­mi­nal is the new Sky Club. At 24,000 square feet, it will be the largest in Delta’s sys­tem, and in­cludes the in­no­va­tive new 2,000-square-foot Sky Deck with views of Man­hat­tan.

“T4 is a ma­jor step for­ward for Delta. We will have 18 in­ter­na­tional wide-bod­ied gates and as the largest in­ter­na­tional car­rier at JFK this is a wa­ter­shed event for Delta, ”said the air­line’s CEO Richard An­der­son.

“The pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship be­tween Delta and the Port Au­thor­ity that built this new ter­mi­nal is a model for bring­ing our air­ports back to pre­em­i­nence, ”ac­cord­ing Stephen Sig­mund, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Global Gate­way Al­liance, an ad­vo­cacy group sup­port­ing im­prove­ments to NewYork area air­ports. “Mod­ern ter­mi­nals are the most vis­i­ble com­po­nent in cre­at­ing an air­port ex­pe­ri­ence that pas­sen­gers rank first rather than worst, and to­day’s open­ing brings our NYC metro air­ports one im­por­tant step closer to that goal.”

Fol­low­ing the ini­tial open­ing, sec­ondary phases of the pro­ject will bring ad­di­tional gates, guest ser­vices and ameni­ties to the newly opened ter­mi­nal.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit delta.com.

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