JetBlue released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development of a terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (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 focus city, enhance and facilitate codesharing and interline agreements, and open the door to new value-enhancing 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 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 provide 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. For a copy of the RFQ, please email gs-JetBlue-JFK-Correspondence@gs.com. Responses are due no later than 5:00 pm ET on August 11, 2017.
In 2008, in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, JetBlue opened its state-of-the-art Terminal 5 (T5) facility. T5 is the newest terminal at JFK and focuses on delivering a leading customer experience and operational efficiency. In 2014, JetBlue opened T5i, its international arrivals hall extension bringing Federal Inspection Services in-house, creating a more seamless customer experience. T5i development produced nearly 1,000 jobs for workers in the New York region during the construction period.
From JFK, JetBlue offers up to 175 daily nonstop flights to 70 destinations throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. Last year 13.9 million travelers passed through T5. The 800,000-square-foot terminal currently boasts 29 gates distributed throughout three concourses, an international arrival extension, and a 55,000-square-foot central retail and concession Marketplace.
JetBlue is the only major commercial airline based in New York City and New York State. JetBlue proudly celebrates its hometown pride with a special livery celebrating New York State Tourism and adorned with the I Love New York logo. With its strong position at JFK and its headquarters in Long Island City, JetBlue employs 6,700 crewmembers in the New York area.