Aer Lingus Announces New Home at New York JFK Terminal 6

Image Credit: JFK Millennium Partners

Aer Lingus is excited to announce its future home at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s (JFK) brand-new Terminal 6. The airline will commence operations on the terminal’s opening day in early 2026.

In addition, Aer Lingus will open a new signature lounge in Terminal 6 for its passengers. It will provide a modern state of the art space with greater seating capacity

Signature Lounge and Modern Amenities

Aer Lingus will unveil a brand-new signature lounge within Terminal 6. This state-of-the-art space will boast a modern design and increased seating capacity.

The entire terminal itself promises an exceptional experience. Passengers can expect a boutique, cutting-edge design with short walking distances to gates.

Curated artwork, and a vibrant 100,000 square feet of NYC-inspired shopping and dining options neatly set off the facility.

Interior view of New York JFK Terminal 6

Aer Lingus will also introduce a new, streamlined check-in area featuring self-service bag drop functionalities for added convenience.

Plus, seamless connectivity within the terminal will be available for passengers flying with connecting partner JetBlue.

Current Services and US Pre-Clearance Advantage

For those planning their trips in advance, Aer Lingus currently offers twice-daily nonstop service from JFK Terminal 7 to Dublin and daily service to Shannon, Ireland, as well as Manchester, England.

The airline utilizes Airbus A330 and A321LR aircraft on these routes. A dedicated Aer Lingus lounge is also currently available for premium passengers at JFK Terminal 7.

A significant benefit for Aer Lingus passengers flying on Dublin-JFK and Shannon-JFK routes is the availability of U.S. Pre-Clearance facilities in Dublin and Shannon.

This allows passengers to clear U.S. immigration and customs inspections before boarding their flight, facilitating a swift and hassle-free arrival at JFK Airport.

An Aer Lingus A330 in flight.
Photo Credit: Aer Lingus

Stakeholder Comments

“We’ve fostered a strong partnership with Aer Lingus since their move to JFK Terminal 7 in April 2023,” said Steve Thody, CEO of JFK Millennium Partners.

“We’re thrilled to extend this collaboration at the new Terminal 6 and welcome their passengers on our opening day in early 2026.”

Sharing her enthusiasm, Susanne Carberry, Aer Lingus Chief Customer Officer, stated, “We eagerly anticipate our move to JFK Terminal 6 upon completion.”

“The new terminal promises a modern, light-filled, and technologically advanced space, allowing us to elevate the travel experience for our customers.”

“The addition of a brand-new, dedicated Aer Lingus lounge will further enhance the experience for our loyal passengers, providing them with a state-of-the-art haven to relax and unwind.”

Interior view of New York JFK Terminal 6

About JFK Terminal 6

Currently under construction, Terminal 6 is part of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s $19 billion redevelopment project for JFK Airport.

The terminal is being developed in two phases, with the first five gates scheduled to open in early 2026 and full construction completion anticipated by 2028.

Passengers can look forward to a unique New York experience with nearly 100,000 square feet of NYC-inspired retail stores, restaurants, and amenities.

Aerial view of New York JFK Terminal 6

Here’s a glimpse into what awaits travelers at Terminal 6:

  • 10 gates: Nine will accommodate widebody aircraft.
  • Convenient layouts: The average walking distance from TSA security screening to gates will be only 5 minutes.
  • Cutting-edge technology: Passengers will benefit from a state-of-the-art automated baggage system, efficient customs/border control facilities, and the latest TSA screening technologies.
  • Enhanced Arrival and Departure: Terminal 6 boasts one of the longest departures curbs at JFK, featuring airline-branded passenger drop-off zones. Additionally, up to five airline lounges will be available, along with a new arrivals lounge.
  • Digital Concierge Services: Passengers can expect added convenience with digital concierge services at their disposal.
  • Artful Ambiance: A curated collection of New York City-inspired artwork by local and international artists will adorn the terminal, courtesy of the Public Art Fund in partnership with JMP and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

Sustainability Focus

Terminal 6 prioritizes sustainability with features like sustainably-sourced building materials, rooftop solar power generation, and energy-efficient operational practices throughout.

The terminal is also pursuing LEED (silver or gold), Envision, and SITES certifications.

A new ground transportation center will offer passengers a seamless connection to various transportation options upon arrival and departure.

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