The new Terminal 6 building will seamlessly integrate with the airline’s current Terminal 5, while expanding its footprint further into the north side of the airport
JetBlue will strengthen its commitment to New York by accelerating plans to expand its flagship terminal at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport.
Following an in-depth review and competitive bid process, the carrier will also maintain its headquarters in the city when its current office lease expires in 2023.
Costing $3.9 billion, the project is set to replace existing facilities and will be designed to accommodate both wide-body and narrow-body gates. The 1.2million square foot infrastructure will also feature check-in halls and arrival spaces.
Critical improvements will be made to the site’s roadways to optimize traffic flow and transportation access, whilst incorporating the latest progress in both sustainability and security.
Meanwhile, JetBlue is set to move beyond its current space at LaGuardia Airport’s historic Marine Air Terminal, and transition into the hub’s recently opened Terminal B by 2022.
The operator aims to create more than 1,800 jobs at New York City’s gateways by adding new flights and destinations, as part of it northeast alliance with American Airlines.
“We set out to support the governor’s vision to modernize JFK into a world-class airport,” said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer of JetBlue. “Terminal 5 has been a huge success, and we are so pleased to have an opportunity to expand our presence with new gates in a new terminal. The team putting this project together is setting out to develop a terminal that New Yorkers can be proud of.”
He added: “Some people call New York the Big Apple. Others call it the center of the universe. At JetBlue, we call it home. Our unique brand and culture have been embraced by millions of New Yorkers for more than two decades, and we remain committed to helping bring this iconic city back from one of the greatest crises it has ever faced.