JFK’s renovated Terminal 5 begins operations

12 November 2014 (Last Updated November 12th, 2014 18:30)

The new Terminal 5 International Arrivals Concourse at JFK International Airport in New York, US, recently welcomed its first flight.

The new Terminal 5 International Arrivals Concourse at JFK International Airport in New York, US, recently welcomed its first flight.

The JetBlue terminal has received a Gensler-designed extension and was built in collaboration with Arup, Turner Construction and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The renovated terminal will also sport a new security re-check along with an immigration hall to accommodate 1,400 passengers an hour. Two baggage claims and 40 automated passport control kiosks have also been installed.

"We have committed nearly $1bn over the past decade at JFK Airport to build T5 and T5i, all with our customers in mind."

The new terminal will see JetBlue's current schedule of up to 39 daily international arrivals from destinations, including Barbados, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao (beginning in December), Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos.

The terminal has been designed to reduce the building's environmental impact throughout its lifespan.

Speaking about the expansion, JetBlue Airways CEO Dave Barger said: "JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline, and as such we are invested in New York and the future of JFK.

"We have committed nearly $1bn over the past decade at JFK Airport to build T5 and T5i, all with our customers in mind.

"Since our first flight from JFK in 2000, we have focused on bringing humanity back to air travel. T5 provides an award-winning experience for our customers, who come early to the airport to shop, have a great meal or get some work done with free Wi-Fi. This experience will get even better with the opening of T5i. Now our international customers will have a seamless JetBlue experience from start to finish."