“This is New York”: JFK Airport Terminal 4 launches virtual reality experience

USA. Travellers passing through Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport can now access a new virtual reality (VR) experience, named “This is New York”.

The interactive journey allows users to experience New York City’s famous landmarks and destinations – free from fears about COVID-19 – digitally, from a safe distance.

This image of New York’s Pebble Beach is taken from the virtual experience website, which allows you to move around the viewed locations on a digital device

“This is New York” highlights destinations within the five boroughs of New York City, including the Queens Unisphere, the Staten Island Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Prospect Park Boathouse, and the 191st Street Subway Station.

Touchless access: The “This is New York” experience can be easily accessed from various points in JFK Terminal 4 using a QR code

The experience – which can be accessed through a mobile device with the assistance of VR goggles – has been created on behalf of the airport by web developers Christian Rietzke and Jourdan Ferguson.

You can take a tour of New York’s famous street art using the JFK Airport interactive experience

JFK International Air Terminal President and CEO Roel Huinink said:“As the international gateway to New York City, we are proud to provide this virtual installation to showcase some of the city’s most treasured destinations. The pandemic has made it more difficult for visitors to see some of the iconic locations in the city, and this experience allows them to safely see some of the best landmarks New York City has to offer when travelling through T4.”

The interactive virtual experience allows you to move around and take a 360-degree view of the landmarks with the use of a finger or a cursor, depending on the device used (Queens Unisphere pictured)

JFK Airport Terminal 4 hosts 33 international and domestic airlines with an annual passenger volume of more than 21 million travellers in 2019.

Visit the “This is New York” experience here.

*Roel Huinink, President & CEO of JFKIAT, which manages Terminal 4 at JFK International, is among the speakers in the Knowledge Hub at the Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience, which takes place on 5-9 April. More details here. Registration is free for airport and travel retail companies at this link.

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