JetBlue is working on the plans for a brand new terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.
The new terminal, expected to open in the mid-2020s, would sit on the site of the former Terminal 6, which JetBlue once occupied, Crain's reported. It was designed by I.M. Pei in 1970, but razed in 2011 after the airline switched terminals. All that remains at the site is blacktop.
JetBlue’s new Terminal 6 would allow the airline to handle increases in passenger traffic, add new international gates, and aid in relations with other airlines. It is still too early to gauge the exact size, cost or features of the new terminal, as JetBlue is currently seeking out ideas.
The project is currently contingent upon finding a partner interested in co-investing in the new terminal, according to Bloomberg.
The airline could also expand into Terminal 7, currently operated by British Airways. British Airways has a lease on the space until 2022 so this project is merely speculative. Its outcome will rely upon negotiations with both airlines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
JetBlue’s Terminal 5 (called T5) opened in 2008. It is the most recently opened terminal at the airport. Last year, 13.9 million passengers passed through its 29 gates.
JetBlue’s announcement arrived just a few days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a request for proposals in a $10-billion makeover of JFK. The redevelopment would involve improving inter-terminal transport, adding a new parking garage with a rooftop park and making the terminals more cohesive with one another.
JetBlue is also a partner in developing the historic TWA Center into a hotel and conference center, slated to open in 2018.