JetBlue Breaks Ground with T5i at JFK Airport

JetBlue breaks ground on new international arrivals terminal at JFK

JetBlue breaks ground on new international arrivals terminal at JFK (PRNewsFoto/JetBlue Airways)

Construction Begins on JetBlue JFK T5i International Arrivals Gates

JetBlue has officially broken ground on an extension to Terminal 5 at JFK to pave the way for an international arrivals facility. The new arrivals facility, known as T5i, is set to open in early 2015 with six international gates.

The design incorporates three existing gates at New York Kennedy (JFK) Terminal 5 and three new gates to be built with the extension. The new international arrivals complex in Terminal 5 will include a full US Customs and Federal Inspection Services (FIS) Facility to provide travelers with a seamless travel experience when arriving on JetBlue and select partner airline flights.

Currently all JetBlue international arrivals are handled at JFK’s Terminal 4. This requires passengers connecting onward with JetBlue to clear US Customs and Immigrations inside Terminal 4 and then walk to the JFK AirTrain to transfer to Terminal 5.

JetBlue’s President and CEO Dave Barger, airline executives and crew-members joined Homeland Security Chairman Peter King and a host of other government officials including U.S. Custom and Border Protection JFK Port Director Susan Mitchell, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Aviation Director Susan Baer, and representatives from JFK to commemorate the ground-breaking announcement.

Guests at the ceremony were able to get a first look at renderings of the new facility as pictured above. The new facility was designed by the airline’s architect partner Gensler.

JetBlue President and CEO, Dave Barger, proclaimed, “Today is truly a groundbreaking day for JetBlue as we begin work on our international arrivals terminal at T5.” Barger continued, “We’re excited to work with all of our partners at JFK and beyond to move forward with this project which, when completed, will make all domestic and international operations seamless and convenient for our customers and consolidate our flight operations under one roof.”

Terminal Five International Arrivals Hall Highlights

The design created by Gensler will mirror the existing bright and friendly look of the existing Terminal 5 in a manner which supports JetBlue’s brand.

A number of the highlights include:

  • Two baggage claim belts inside a new US Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Services Facility to accommodate 1,200 passengers per hour.
  • The arrivals hall will include glass walls to provide natural daylight to provide a sharp, modern, and clean look to the facility.
  • Secure paths, with minimal walking, designed to move passengers from the gates and into the arrivals hall where passengers will first clear US Immigrations followed by US Customs & Agriculture after all baggage is claimed.

Environment Friendly

The facility was designed with the environment in mind with numerous windows to provide abundant natural daylight, especially notable in areas such as the Immigrations Hall and secure corridor from the gate which leads passengers to the hall.

Reclaimed concrete from the aircraft ramp will be used along with efficient heating and cooling systems.  Whether you love it or hate it, all water fixtures will be “low flow.”

Economic Boast

“Very simply, this new terminal will not only provide a better travel experience for domestic and international flights but provide needed jobs to help stimulate our economy. It is a tremendous development all around,” said Homeland Security Chairman Peter King.

Port Authority Executive Director, Pat Foye, said, “This robust investment is part of a multi-billion dollar redevelopment program that will help us continue to deliver efficient, customer friendly terminals and services for the 107 million-plus annual travelers who use our airport system.”

“We designed this addition to T5 to welcome people to New York, greeting them with natural daylight and a view outside. Our goal is to put passengers first, and make it easy and fast for people to get where they want to be,” said Gensler Principal Bill Hooper.

JFK Renewal Projects

New York’s JFK Airport is often said to be one of the worst in the United States with run-down, outdated facilities. Significant work has been put into the airport in recent years, including the construction of the Terminal 5 for JetBlue along with a new build facility for American Airlines with Terminal 8. Terminal 4 is undergoing a significant expansion for Delta Air Lines at the moment to replace their existing international arrivals facility at Terminal 3, which once served Pan Am many years ago.

Upon completion of these projects, the facilities at JFK will be newer and welcoming to all passengers — international and domestic.

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