QBP DONOVAN RICHARDS TO PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY: EXTEND JETBLUE LEASE AT JFK AIRPORT
(June 4. 2021 at 3pm)
QUEENS, NY – Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. sent a letter to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Executive Director Rick Cotton, asking PANYNJ to extend JetBlue’s lease at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
After visiting JetBlue’s current headquarters in Long Island City, Borough President Richards learned a lease extension at JFK Airport would discourage JetBlue from abandoning its plans to move its corporate headquarters to Florida.
The Borough President writes, “In discussions, I understand that JetBlue and their development partners, JFK Millennial Partners, has not been extended the same 10 year lease extension agreement and concessions for their project. JetBlue Airways wants to maintain their company profile as a low cost airline, something that might prove difficult if they are forced to compete with market rate airlines. JetBlue Airways is a good corporate citizen, and we want them to remain an anchor company in Long Island City. Their Long Island City employees support the neighborhood businesses, and their presence has been an advantage for the Borough and the City in every conceivable way.”
Read BP Richards’ letter to Executive Director Cotton here.
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