JetBlue to build T5i at JFK for International Arrivals

JetBlue International Arrival at Terninal 4 | Commercial Aviation and Airline News

Port Authority Says Yes to JetBlue’s T5i

The expansion to JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK airport hasn’t even broken ground but has already been dubbed T5i.  The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Board of Commissioners has provided a green light to expand the T5 facility JetBlue calls home to add an international arrivals facility.

Currently, JetBlue must use Terminal 4 at JFK to handle their international arrivals.  While they’re the largest domestic airline at JFK, their international route network is growing and includes Barbados, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten, and Turks and Caicos.  Once T5i is compete, passengers arriving on these flights will encounter seamless service and the ability to connect to other JetBlue flights without stepping outside of Terminal 5.

The next step is the addition of 145,000 square feet of space on three levels at Terminal 5.  The gates at T5i will be dedicated for JetBlue international arrivals, but will also be capable of handing larger wide-body aircraft.   Most importantly, a new Federal Inspection Station to handle United States customs, immigrations, and agriculture checks will be constructed within the new addition.  The airline intends to break ground on T5i as early as this summer and tentatively aims to complete construction in early 2015.

While a good move for JetBlue, their re-location to Terminal 5 may allow their rival Delta Air Lines access to additional gates in the Terminal 4 complex.  The T4 complex at JFK is being expanded and will soon be home to Delta’s international services.

JetBlue’s VP Corporate Real Estate, Richard Smyth, said, “We’re excited to move forward with our plans to further expand our presence at JFK and to create a seamless travel experience for our customers transferring from international flights, and would like to thank the Port Authority for their approval and on-going support.”  Smyth added, “We’re focused on providing the best product and service in the industry and the new facility will accommodate our growth, present opportunities with our international partners, and continue building on the acclaimed JetBlue experience.”

JetBlue’s home base at Terminal 5 is a 635,000-square-foot terminal, boasting 26 gates across 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.


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