JetBlue Terminal 5

  • US$743m project completed in less than three years.
  • 635,000ft2 passenger terminal with 26 gates.
  • 250 flights daily, 20m passengers annually.

The design of Terminal 5 at John F Kennedy Airport is informed by JetBlue’s emphasis on efficient, convenient service at reasonable price.

One of the first terminals of the post 9/11 period, the building meets the unique demands of air travel today, minimising bottlenecks at check-in, security and baggage claim.

In eight years of operation JetBlue has become the largest airline at JFK, accounting for 30% of all passenger traffic.

Masterplanning and design management

Arup, as masterplanner and design manager, consulted JetBlue early on to define the project’s scope and to map out how the terminal would accommodate and expand with the airline’s rapid growth.

Inside, the terminal features a 20-gate security checkpoint, the largest contiguous checkpoint of any terminal in the USA.

An automated baggage system moves up to 4,000 bags from check-in every hour, through screening and sorting and on to planes.

Outside, the terminal’s 26 gates are served by dual taxiways that permit arriving and departing planes to taxi to and from gates simultaneously. All contribute to meeting an industry-leading turnaround time of 30 minutes for arriving aircraft to depart once again.

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  • JetBlue Terminal 5, JFK Airport. Credit Nic Lehoux/Gensler.Open gallery

    Arup provided masterplanning and design management services for the terminal.

  • JetBlue terminal in low light. Credit Prakash Patel/Gensler.Open gallery

    JetBlue is the largest airline at JFK, accounting for 30 percent of all passenger traffic