American plans JFK and LaGuardia upgrades

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As American Airlines bolsters its operations from New York, the carrier is planning several facility upgrades at LaGuardia and JFK airports.

Today the carrier announced 23 new roundtrip flights to seven new destinations from LaGuardia and JFK. By year-end, American and its wholly-owned regional subsidiary American Eagle will offer 216 daily departures from New York to 63 destinations.

American plans to renovate its C and D concourses at LaGuardia with new ceilings, lighting, terrazzo flooring, wall panels and flight information displays. American plans to complete upgrades to Concourse D, which will take roughly two years, first, followed by the renovations to the C Concourse.

The carrier has also selected an architectural firm to refurbish its LaGuardia Admirals Club. Upgrades will include furnishings and finishes, as well as renovation of the restrooms and expansion of the seating areas.

American expects to spend $30 million on the LaGuardia upgrades.

The carrier is also examining options for connecting the concourses on the secure side of the terminal to allow its passengers flying out of Concourse C to easily access the Concourse D Admirals Club location.

At JFK, American has issued a bid to expand its Concourse C Admirals Club, along with some reconfiguration and refurbishment of the space.

The upgrades come as American Airlines and British Airways evaluate a proposal by JFK operator the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to develop an expansion of JFK's international Terminal 8 to allow the airlines to co-locate their operations.

Co-location is contingent upon the carriers reaching "agreeable" financial terms with the port authority, American says in a statement.

American and BA, along with Iberia, are seeking antitrust immunity to form a transatlantic joint venture.