This topic comes up way too much, I wish it were permanetly archived someplace where folks can be directed. I've posted these pictures about 20 times!..
Ok here goes..
Back around 2000 the Port Authority developed a plan to replace T-6 with a new terminal and to incorporate the historic T-5 into the design, the design called for the tearing down of T-6 and part (concourses) of T-5. A new terminal would then be built "behind" T-5 and connected via either the "tubes" or something else, the core of T-5 would cease all "airline" functions as it is not designed to handle today's security needs. It would be a airline club area with maybe some shops etc and some E-ticket kiosks, however check-in, baggage claim, security check points, curbside drop off would be at the "new" terminal.
The terminal was "originally" envisioned as a 40 gate terminal which would house B6
, TWA, HP
and UAL. However the plan was shelved because of UAL's financial problems which led them to pull down alot of JFK
service, also TWA's sale to AA
never wanted anything to do with TWA's Terminals..
So all that was left was Jetblue, and the Port Authority was not about to invest hundreds of Millions into a new terminal for a "start-up".
However 4 years later with Jetblue's success established the Port Authority has "re-visited" the earlier plan, this time reducing the size to 23 gates. The Port Authority has agreed to help B6
build the new terminal, however Jetblue needs to establish some private financing for their share which they are working on.
Here's some renderings..