Delta ups the ante in battle for NY travel market

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By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Delta Air Lines is opening a $1.4 billion terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, strengthening its hand in the battle for the lucrative New York travel market.

The expanded concourse offers sweeping views of the airport, upscale food and shopping options and increased seating.

It replaces a decrepit terminal built by Pan Am in 1960 that was an embarrassing way to welcome millions of visitors to the United States.

Delta CEO Richard Anderson said his customers "and the residents of New York now have the international hub facility that they expect and deserve."

Travelers will appreciate the little touches in the new facility. The concourse houses local restaurant favorites like Blue Smoke and Shake Shack and 75 percent of seats at the gates have access to electric outlets.

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