JetBlue gets approval to expand at JFK T5

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New York-based JetBlue Airways has received approval to expand its terminal at New York John F Kennedy airport by building a new international arrivals facility equipped with a federal inspection site.

The expansion will add an additional 145,000 square feet of space on three levels onto Terminal 5, which opened in 2008. JetBlue hopes to complete the expansion in early 2015 and will break ground on the facility as early as this summer. It will be built on the site of the former Terminal 6.

Dubbed Terminal 5i, the new facility will have gates for JetBlue's international flights and will be capable of handling widebody aircraft operated by JetBlue's partners.

JetBlue will no longer use the airport's terminal 4 for international arrivals once the facility opens.

"We're excited to move forward with our plans to further expand our presence at JFK and to create a seamless travel experience for our customers transferring from international flights, and would like to thank the Port Authority for their approval and on-going support," says JetBlue's vice-president of corporate real estate Richard Smyth in a statement.

JetBlue's current base at Terminal 5 is equipped with 26 gates and can handle up to 250 daily departures.