Thursday, October 23, 2008

JetBlue Opens New Terminal 5 At JFK Airport

JetBlue T5 at JFKTerminal 5, JetBlue's new home at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), officially opened yesterday. According to the airline, all JetBlue departures from JFK will now operate from "T5," as will all domestic arrivals and international arrivals that pre-clear U.S. customs prior to arriving in New York.

A press release about T5 issued by JetBlue says, in part:
One of the first terminals in the U.S. to be completely designed and built post 9/11, T5 focuses on efficiency and customer comfort. The 635,000-square-foot terminal boasts 26 gates distributed throughout three concourses and includes a 55,000-square-foot central retail and concession Marketplace. T5 is designed to accommodate up to 20 million annual customers with up to 250 daily departures.

"From day one Terminal 5 will welcome more than 30 percent of JFK's annual customer traffic," said Dave Barger, CEO of JetBlue Airways. "The terminal is designed specifically with our customers in mind, and we have created a new standard in both comfort and service that everyone can enjoy. Its unique amenities will create a stress free on-the-ground experience for JetBlue customers that will match the innovative and award-winning experience JetBlue is known for in the air."
Some of T5's features:
  • two check-in areas with a total of 65 e-ticket kiosks and 40 traditional check-in counters
  • a large central security checkpoint capable of accommodating 20 screening lanes
  • an automated "in-line" baggage system to move bags from the check-in lobby through screening and to the ramp
  • free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal
  • grandstand seating under a 40-foot-diameter digital ring of LCD monitors
  • spacious gate areas with ample seating
  • a children's play space
  • twenty-two concessions
  • 25 specialty retail stores
  • nine full-serve restaurants, bars and cafes
  • eight quick-serve eateries
  • grab-and-go gourmet markets
  • three coffee bars, and six bars/lounges
Also included: an innovative gate area program called re:vive that allows customers to use touch-screen monitors to order meals for delivery to the gate areas.

According to information provided by JetBlue, T5 was designed by Gensler and created in collaboration with Turner Construction Company, Arup, AECOM (as DMJM Harris) and Rockwell Group. The terminal was majority funded by and built in collaboration with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Kennedy Airport's operator. The design of JetBlue's new T5 began in March 2004 with groundbreaking occurring in December 2005.

T5 is located behind the well-known Eero Saarinen-designed TWA terminal, which remains under the control of the Port Authority. The Port Authority is rehabilitating and restoring the landmark structure and plans to reopen it to the public at a later date.

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