JFK Airport Breaks Ground on Yet Another Terminal
It's been an entire year since the demolition of the old I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 at New York's JFK Airport. Not only was it the former "Sundrome" home of the now-defunct National Airlines, but it served as the first real home of JetBlue; it was their training wheels terminal before building Terminal 5, if you will.
The building may be gone but Terminal 6 lives on...as what's soon to be an extension of JetBlue's massive T5. Just this morning the airline's head honchos broke out the shiny silver shovels with Port Authority officials to break ground on "T5i," an annex specifically for JetBlue's international flights.
T5i is still mostly on paper right nowa 6-gate structure designed by Gensler that'll add two additional baggage claim belts and an immigration and customs zone able to process 1,200 customers per hour. You see, Terminal 5 doesn't have immigration and customs right now, so most arriving flights must actually park at Terminal 4 to use their facilities. The addition of T5i brings it all back under JetBlue's own roof.
Expected completion date? Early 2015. Now, we wonder: how many duty-free Toblerones can we bring back into JFK without going over the free first checked bag weight limit?