JetBlue Airways, New York, says it will reschedule the groundbreaking ceremony for its new international arrivals building at John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal 5. The airline did not provide a new date or say why it would not keep to the originally scheduled Aug. 20th date.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials approved the expansion project last June. Completion is set for early 2015.
The new facility, dubbed T5i, will add 145,000 sq. ft. of space on three levels of the 635,000-sq.-ft. Terminal 5 site. The project includes dedicated gates for its international arrivals and a new federal inspection site for U.S. customs and immigration checks. It will also be capable of handling wide-body aircraft. JetBlue is JFK's largest domestic airline.
Earlier this year, the airline carved out 200,000 sq. ft. of space for new corporate headquarters in the 101-year-old Brewster Building in Long Island City, Queens. Turner Industries, Baton Rouge, managed construction of the space, which was designed by HLW International LLP, New York. The Long Island City location consolidates its former Forest Hills, Queens and Darien, Conn., operations under one roof.
(This story was updated on Aug. 17th to reflect the latest available news about the event.)