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New York JFK International’s new Terminal 5 International Concourse, which will eventually have a rooftop park inspired by the Big Apple's skyline – handled its first arrival flights today.

JetBlue welcomed the first passengers at its new, Gensler-designed extension to Terminal 5, which offers customers a modern environment with an emphasis on well-being that simplifies the travel experience.

The addition is a seamless extension of Gensler’s award-winning design for T5 (which opened in 2008), and was built in collaboration with Arup, Turner Construction, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The 175,000 square foot extension includes the conversion of three existing gates to international swing gates, and the addition of three new international swing gates.

Further, the International Concourse includes a new security re-check, an immigration hall designed to process 1,400 passengers per hour with the addition of 40 automated passport control kiosks and two new baggage claims.

Dave Barger, CEO, JetBlue, says: “Our new International Arrivals Concourse perfectly mirrors T5’s bright and friendly look and feel. Our home terminal – T5 – is JetBlue’s unique way to properly welcome people to New York.

“Thanks to our partners at Gensler, T5i is designed with sustainable considerations including technologies that will help reduce the building’s environmental impact.”

Gensler designed the terminal with a focus on passenger well-being, and travellers have access to views of the city and natural light in unexpected places, including the Primary Hall and corridor through which they must pass upon arriving in the US.

Alighting from this corridor into the immigration hall for customs processing, customers have a 360-degree views to the outside.

A forthcoming outdoor rooftop park, set to open in spring 2015, will offer passengers the ability to stroll outside while enjoying spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline as well as the historic adjacent TWA Terminal.

Gensler architect and senior associate, Ty Osbaugh, explains: “We designed the international concourse to welcome people to the US and specifically to New York, greeting them with natural daylight and a view outside.

“We think travellers awaiting their departing flights will particularly enjoy the ability to take a walk through a rooftop park with great views of the city.”

Gensler’s design includes many customer-friendly design elements for which T5 is known such as sustainable design focused on well-being and improved indoor air quality features water bottle refilling stations throughout the terminal, low-VOC materials, and abundant natural daylight.

The clean design features splashes of bold color in keeping with the JetBlue brand, and both lounge-like and traditional seating at gates, with access to ample electrical outlets.

Other features geared for travellers are free Wi-Fi throughout, customer service zones located in every concourse and food ordering capability at the gates.