JetBlue Airways has broken ground on the extension to its home at New York JFK’s Terminal 5 to pave the way for an international arrivals facility.
Set to open in early 2015, the new arrivals facility will include 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) for customers arriving from international flights on JetBlue Airways and select partner airlines.
“Today is truly a groundbreaking day for JetBlue as we begin work on our international arrivals terminal at T5,” said Dave Barger, JetBlue Airways’ president and CEO. “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.”
The design of the JetBlue terminal international arrivals terminal extension at New York JFK includes:
● A design created by Gensler that mirrors the existing Terminal 5’s look and feel, supportive of JetBlue’s brand aesthetic;
● 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 passengers per hour;
● An International Arrivals hall space featuring glass walls that allow for abundant natural daylight and a design that is modern, timeless, and clean;
● Making the most of current building technologies to reduce T5i’s environmental impact throughout its lifespan; and
● Circulation paths designed to move customers through gates and Customs in the most efficient way possible, with walking time and travel minimized.
Environmentally friendly 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;
● Recycling of concrete reclaimed from the aircraft apron for re-use as a base for the concrete within the building;
● Low levels of volatile organic compound (VOC) materials inside the terminal;
● An efficient HVAC system to optimize performance;
● Low-flow water fixtures; and
● An overall focus on indoor air quality and emphasis on health and wellness.
JetBlue’s home base of operations at the 635,000-square-foot Terminal 5 – the newest terminal at JFK – currently boasts 26 gates distributed throughout three concourses and includes a 55,000-square-foot central retail and concession marketplace.