JetBlue has selected a Long Island based company, RXR Realty and Vantage Airport Group, to spearhead its multibillion-dollar JFK terminal expansion. JetBlue opened its modern Terminal 5 facility at JFK about 10 years ago. That opening saw JetBlue leave Terminal 6 which was later demolished. However, JetBlue retained exclusive rights to redevelop the site. Then last summer, JetBlue solicited proposals to expand T5 on to the demolished T6 space. At the time, JetBlue noted that they were also interested in Terminal 7, which is currently controlled by British Airways with a lease set to expire in 2022.
The plan calls for 12 new gates that are suitable for wide-body aircraft at T6 which will have seamless connections to the current T5 structure both before and after security checkpoints. Interestingly enough, the airline says that its current 29 gates are sufficient for JetBlue’s 175 daily departures. For now, the expansion is about providing easy connections to JetBlue’s major partners. As slot restrictions ease in the future, the additional space will also allow JetBlue to expand its own schedule, including potential transatlantic flights.