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JetBlue Breaks Ground On Expansion Of JFK Terminal 5

JetBlue CEO David Barger (C) and Rep. Peter King at the groundbreaking for JetBlue's expansion at JFK - Oct. 1, 2012 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

JetBlue CEO David Barger (C) and Rep. Peter King at the groundbreaking for JetBlue’s expansion at JFK – Oct. 1, 2012 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at JFK Airport is only four-years-old, but already the New York-based airline needs more space.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman On The Story

So, ground was broken Monday morning on an expansion of the facility.

When it opens in three years, it will have six international gates, an arrival hall, and a customs facility.

“It’s also going to be a boost to the local economy,” said Susan Baer, the Port Authority’s head of avaition.

She said it only makes sense for the busiest airline at the airport to keep getting bigger.

“More than 14 million travelers in this region fly on JetBlue every year and growing I hope,” she said.

They already moved into a new headquarters in Long Island City.

“We are a Queens company,” JetBlue Airways CEO David Barger said.