We received the green light from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Board of Commissioners to move forward with our expansion plans at JFK Terminal 5 where we intend to construct a new international arrivals facility dubbed T5i!
With today’s Board approval, we will add an additional 145,000 square feet of space on three levels onto Terminal 5, which opened to widespread acclaim in 2008. T5i will include dedicated gates to accommodate JetBlue international arrivals and capable of handling wide-body aircraft operated by partner airlines. A new Federal Inspection Site to handle United States customs and immigration checks will be constructed, eliminating the need for JetBlue international arrivals to be processed at JFK Terminal 4. We hope to break ground on T5i as early as this summer and tentatively aim to complete construction in early 2015.
Our home base of operations at Terminal 5 – the newest terminal at JFK – focuses on efficiency and customer comfort. The 635,000-square-foot terminal currently boasts 26 gates distributed throughout three concourses and includes a 55,000-square-foot central retail and concession Marketplace. T5 is currently equipped to accommodate up to 250 daily departures.
We’re already the largest domestic airline at JFK and continue to increase our international presence, carrying more than 2 million travelers on international routes from the airport last year. Our many international destinations from JFK include Barbados, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten, and Turks and Caicos – all of which will soon enjoy the seamless experience of arriving into T5i.