JetBlue Plans T5 Expansion At JFK Airport

06/02/2012 09:56 am ET

NEW YORK -- The agency that runs New York's airports has approved an expansion plan for JetBlue Airways that will add 145,000 square feet of space at JFK Airport.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Board of Commissioners approved the expansion plans Thursday.

The agency said JetBlue will invest more than $200 million to expand Terminal 5 at JFK by creating a new international arrivals area.

The airline will convert three existing gates for international and domestic use and add three new gates capable of handling international flights. The project is set to begin in July and finish by the end of 2014.

Port Authority Chairman David Samson said JetBlue's investment will improve customer service and help meet the region's ever-growing passenger demands.