Breaking Ground on Our New International Arrivals Terminal!


Breaking news! Today we’re breaking ground on the extension to our world class home at John F. Kennedy’s Terminal 5 to pave the way for an international arrivals facility. Set to open in early 2015, the thoughtfully-designed space includes six international arrivals gates – three new and three converted from Terminal 5 – and an International Arrivals Hall with full U.S. Custom and Federal Inspection Services (FIS) to deliver a seamless travel experience for customers arriving from international flights on JetBlue and select partner airlines.

Some highlights of the international arrivals terminal extension include:

  • A design created by Gensler that mirrors the existing Terminal 5’s bright and friendly look and feel, supportive of JetBlue’s brand aesthetic and the company’s commitment to bringing humanity back to air travel
  • An overall constructed area of approximately 150,000 square feet
  • Two additional baggage claim belts and a U.S. Custom and Border Protection, Federal Inspection Service (FIS)  facility designed to accommodate up to 1,200 customers per hour
  • International Arrivals hall space featuring glass walls that allow for abundant natural daylight and a design that is modern, timeless, and clean
  • Sustainable sensibilities, making the most of current building technologies to reduce T5i’s environmental impact throughout its lifespan
  • Circulation paths designed to move customers through gates and Customs in the most efficient way possible with walking time and travel minimized

Environmentally-friend design elements include:

  • Abundant natural daylight, notable in areas where that is not typically experienced—such as in the Immigration Hall and in the corridor connecting the aircraft to the hall
  • Concrete reclaimed from the aircraft apron is recycled and reused as a base for the concrete within the building
  • Low VOC materials inside of the terminal
  • Efficient HVAC system to optimize performance
  • Low flow water fixtures
  • Overall focus on indoor air quality and emphasis on health and wellness