JetBlue to Open Expanded JFK Terminal, Plans Rooftop Deck

By Paul Riegler on 7 November 2014
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A JetBlue A320 at JFK

A JetBlue A320 at JFK

JetBlue Airways announced it will open its $200 million extension to Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday and also announced plans to open a rooftop park atop the structure next year.

The new section of the terminal includes a glass-walled arrivals hall with 40 automated passport kiosks, a disease-control area, a lab for inspecting plants and fruit, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection holding cells. It will allow JetBlue passengers arriving on international flights to deplane and clear customs and passport control within the airline’s terminal.Currently, JetBlue passengers arriving on international flights must arrive at Terminal 4, the International Air Terminal which in 2001 replaced JFK’s International Arrivals Building.

The New York-based airline also announced plans to create an open-air High Line-like experience atop the terminal extension, complete with a playground for children, a dog walk, and grass. The High Line is a popular elevated park in Manhattan built on long abandoned elevated railroad tracks.

Once the space opens next year, it will be the only outdoor space that will be accessible to all visitors and passengers at JFK. Last year, Delta Air Lines opened its Sky Deck at the Delta Sky Club in Terminal 4, but that is only accessible to Delta Sky Club members, holders of certain American Express cards, and passengers traveling in the airline’s BusinessElite cabin on transcontinental and international flights.

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