Lounge Review: JetBlue T5 Rooftop – JFK Airport

Ever since the Airspace Lounge closed in JFK’s Terminal 5 in 2018, the only lounge left in the terminal is the Aer Lingus lounge, which is only open to passengers on their flights. JFK’s Terminal 5 building is modern for a U.S. airport and offers many amenities that people are looking for while waiting for a flight. Not having a lounge is a minor inconvenience but there are plenty of places around the terminal to sit, eat and work. JetBlue passengers are accustomed to not having lounge access so it’s not a huge surprise there isn’t one, even at one of their major hubs.

However, JetBlue has added a feature into T5 which is usually only found in airport lounge spaces. A rooftop terrace.

The T5 Rooftop

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The entrance to the rooftop terrace is located between gates 27 and 28 on the far left side of the terminal. It’s about 5-10 minutes from the main area of the terminal, depending on how fast you walk.

While the rooftop isn’t a secret, there’s not much signage for it in the terminal.

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The entrance is through this rather plain-looking door:

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The T5 Rooftop isn’t a lounge. However, it is a comfortable outside space that provides an escape from the terminal and lets you get some fresh air.

When I visited, it was a crisp October morning so there was only one other couple who was visiting the area. There are plenty of seats so the area can comfortably seat a number of passengers.

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I liked the use of plants to give the otherwise sterile surroundings a splash of color.

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The Rooftop also has a “Wooftop” for doggie passengers to stretch their legs (and relieve their bladders) before a flight.

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The one thing I wish the Rooftop had is a better view of the planes or runways at JFK. You’re only able to see a few planes from the area and you have to look over an area of the roof and through fencing to see any aircraft.

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The outdoor deck at Austin airport has much better sightlines.

Final Thoughts

In New York City, any outdoor deck is only useful for 6-8 months of the year. When I visited, the weather had already turned colder (and windy) so spending a long time outside wasn’t comfortable. I could see the rooftop being a very nice space in the spring or summer to bring a snack or drink and enjoy eating outside instead of being stuck inside the terminal to wait for a flight.

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