Wednesday, October 22, 2008

JetBlue Opens T5 at JFK, Today

NEW YORK - JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) today opened Terminal 5, the airline's home at John F. Kennedy International Airport. All JetBlue departures from JFK will operate from T5, as will all domestic arrivals and international arrivals that pre-clear U.S. customs prior to arriving in New York. The first flight scheduled to arrive at T5 was JetBlue Flight 358 from Burbank at 5:05 a.m. The first departure scheduled for T5 was JetBlue Flight 709 to San Juan, with a scheduled departure time of 6:00 a.m.

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, in a press release.

For history and information on T5, read BrandlandUSA's stories on the building, which is an addition to Eero Saarinen's historic TWA Flight Center. In addition, we have posted stories on the neighboring Delta Terminal 3, the former Pan Am Worldport.

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