JetBlue looking to add one maybe two terminals to Terminal 5 (T5)

JetBlue (JBLU) announced Friday a request to build a new terminal and proposed a possible takeover of another terminal at New York's JFK Airport.

JetBlue wants to build the new terminal on a vacant blacktop where the former Terminal 6 stood, close to its 29-gate Terminal 5 hub. Plans for the terminal aim to complete construction by 2020, according to a company statement. JetBlue is currently seeking investment partners and development concepts.

J.F.K.'s former Terminal 6 was designed by noted architect I.M. Pei, and its demolition in 2011 was decried by architectural critics and students who saw its all-glass exterior as a breakthrough design. But it was determined that since Terminal 6 was no longer in use, the land it sat on should be devoted to moving and operating planes.

JetBlue said the company will also consider an additional expansion, taking over and redeveloping Terminal 7. Terminal 7 is currently occupied by British Airways and its lease for the space expires in 2022. Construction for that portion would aim to finish by 2025.

The development would also include new international gates for JetBlue and partner airlines. Currently there are only two JetBlue airline partners in T5, Aer Lingus and Hawaiian.

The phased development for Terminal 6 and possible acquisition of Terminal 7 are subject to approval from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Any expansion here only make the ORH-NYC shuttle that more attractive.



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