JetBlue Seeks to Expand at JFK

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NEW YORK — JetBlue, which operates a hub at JFK Airport, has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development of Terminal 6 at JFK. This development initiative is aligned with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision plan to transform JFK International Airport into an airport equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century. In coordination with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s master plan process, JetBlue is seeking to lead the development of the former Terminal 6 site and potentially the Terminal 7 site.

JetBlue will identify innovative development opportunities that meet the needs of travelers in the New York region. The project would accommodate increases in customer traffic in the airline’s largest city, enhance and facilitate codesharing and interline agreements, and open the door to new partnership opportunities.

“Terminal 5 has been and will continue to be a key factor in our success in New York from a customer experience and revenue growth perspective,” said Lisa Reifer, vice president infrastructure, properties and development, JetBlue. “This project lays the groundwork for JetBlue’s future leadership in our largest focus city. We are seeking innovative, cost- and capital-efficient approaches to Governor Cuomo’s ambitious vision for JFK to deliver a world-class airport experience for our customers and crewmembers while allowing us to maximize the value of our strategic airport assets.”

The project, subject to approval from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will include:

  • Phased development on the Terminal 6 and potentially the Terminal 7 site
  • The addition of international gates for JetBlue and partner airlines
  • Seamless connection to Terminal T5 (T5) and throughout the new facilities, both on the landside and on the airside
  • New curb-frontage and roadways providing increased vehicle capacity and enhanced access to the terminals

JetBlue is opening this RFQ process to developers. After receiving submissions from the RFQ, JetBlue will identify a select pool of qualified bidders to participate in a Request for Proposal (RFP) process later this year.