New York John F. Kennedy International Airport

Aerial image of JFK Airport. Taken November 14th, 2018
Source: Brandon Van Acker
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of New York
OperatorPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
ServesNew York metropolitan area
LocationQueens, New York, U.S.
OpenedJuly 1, 1948
Hub forAmerican Airlines Delta Air Lines
Focus city forJetBlue Norwegian Air Shuttle
Time zoneEST (UTC−05:00)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC−04:00)
Elevation AMSL13 ft / 4 m
Coordinates40°38′23″N 073°46′44″WCoordinates: 40°38′23″N 073°46′44″W

John F. Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK, ICAO: KJFK, FAA LID: JFK) (colloquially referred to as JFK Airport) is an international airport in Queens, New York, USA. It is the primary international airport serving New York City. The airport is the busiest international air passenger gateway into North America, the 21st-busiest airport in the world, the sixth-busiest airport in the United States, and the busiest airport in the New York airport system, having handled just over 61 million passengers in 2018. More than ninety airlines operate from the airport, with nonstop or direct flights to destinations into five inhabited continents.

JFK is located in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens in New York, 16 miles (26 km) southeast of Midtown Manhattan. The airport features six passenger terminals and four runways. JFK is the only airport in the United States, with Chicago-O’Hare and Los Angeles International, that is used as hub for more than one of the three U.S. mainline carriers. JFK is a hub for both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines, and it is the primary operating base for JetBlue. JFK was also formerly a hub for Pan Am, TWA, Eastern, National, and Tower Air.

The facility opened in 1948 as New York International Airport and was commonly known as Idlewild Airport. Following John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, the airport was renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport as a tribute to the 35th President.


On January 4, 2017, the office of New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to renovate the airport at a cost of $7 to 10 billion. The Airport Master Plan Advisory Panel had reported that JFK, ranked 59th out of the world’s top 100 airports by Skytrax, was expected to experience severe capacity constraints from increased use. The airport was expected to serve about 75 million annual passengers in 2020 and 100 million by 2050, up from 60 million when the report was published.The panel had several recommendations, including enlarging the newer terminals; relocating older terminals; reconfiguring highway ramps and increasing the number of lanes on the Van Wyck Expressway; lengthening AirTrain JFK trainsets or connecting the line to the New York City transportation system, and rebuilding the Jamaica station with direct connections to the Long Island Rail Road and the New York City Subway. No start date has yet been proposed for the project; in July 2017, Cuomo’s office began accepting proposals for master plans to renovate the airport.

In October 2018, Cuomo released details of a $13 billion plan to rebuild passenger facilities and approaches to JFK Airport. Two new international terminals would be added. One of the terminals, a $7 billion, 23-gate structure replacing terminals 1 and 2 (and the vacant space of Terminal 3) and connecting to Terminal 4, would be financed and built by a partnership between Munich Airport Group, Lufthansa, Air France, Korean Air, and Japan Airlines. The other terminal, a new Terminal 6 costing $3 billion, would be developed by a consortium including JetBlue, RXR Realty, and Vantage Airport Group known as JFK Millennium Partners, and will replace Terminal 7 and the vacant space of Terminal 6, and would connect to Terminal 5. Terminal 8 would remain a separate terminal operating American Airlines and Oneworld flights. JFK’s redesign will include adding cars to AirTrain trainsets; widening connector ramps between the Van Wyck Expressway and Grand Central Parkway in Kew Gardens; and adding another lane in each direction to the Van Wyck, at a combined cost of $1.5 billion. If approved, construction is expected to begin in 2020. Under the plan, the first gates would open in 2023, and the project would be complete in 2025.

On January 7, 2020, construction began on expanding and improving Terminal 8, which primarily serves American Airlines as well as some Oneworld members. Following the construction, British Airways and Iberia will move into Terminal 8. This construction will be the first phase in an overall plan to renovate JFK airport.

Source: Federal Aviation Administration



JFK has six terminals, containing 128 gates, numbered 1–8 but skipping terminals 3 (demolished in 2013) and 6 (demolished in 2011).

The terminal buildings, with the exception of the former Tower Air terminal, are arranged in a deformed U-shaped wavy pattern around a central area containing parking, a power plant and other airport facilities. The terminals are connected by the AirTrain system and access roads. Directional signage throughout the terminals was designed by Paul Mijksenaar. A 2006 survey by J.D. Power and Associates in conjunction with Aviation Week found JFK ranked second in overall traveler satisfaction among large airports in the United States, behind McCarran International Airport, which serves the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Until the early 1990s, each terminal was known by the primary airline that served it, except for Terminal 4, which was known as the International Arrivals Building. In the early 1990s, all of the terminals were given numbers except for the Tower Air terminal, which sat outside the Central Terminals area and was not numbered. Like in the other airports controlled by the Port Authority, terminals are sometimes managed and maintained by independent terminal operators. At JFK, all terminals are currently managed by airlines or consortiums of the airlines serving them, with the exception of the Schiphol Group-operated Terminal 4. All terminals except Terminal 2 can handle international arrivals that are not pre-cleared.

Most inter-terminal connections require passengers to exit security, then walk, use a shuttle bus, or use the AirTrain JFK to get to the other terminal, then re-clear security.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1
Doug Letterman

Terminal 1 opened in 1998, 50 years after the opening of JFK, at the direction of the Terminal One Group, a consortium of four key operating carriers: Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and Lufthansa. This partnership was founded after the four airlines reached agreement that the then-existing international carrier facilities were inadequate for their needs.

Terminal 1 is served by SkyTeam carriers Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, and Saudia; Star Alliance carriers Air China, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, EVA Air, Lufthansa, and Turkish Airlines; and Oneworld carrier Japan Airlines. Other airlines serving terminal 1 include Azerbaijan Airlines, Cayman Airways, Interjet, Norwegian Air, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, and VivaAerobus.

Terminal 1 was designed by William Nicholas Bodouva + Associates.It and Terminal 4 are the two terminals at JFK Airport with the capability of handling the Airbus A380 aircraft, which are flown by Air France on the route from Paris–Charles De Gaulle, by Lufthansa on the route from Frankfurt Airport, and by Korean Air on the route from Seoul–Incheon. Air France operated Concorde here until 2003. Terminal 1 has 11 gates.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 opened in 1962 as the home of Northeast Airlines, Braniff, and Northwest Airlines, and is now exclusively used and operated by Delta Air Lines for its hub at the airport along with Terminal 4. After the demise of Northeast Airlines and Braniff, the terminal was taken over by Pan American World Airways and subsequently by Delta. Since the opening of the Terminal 4 addition in May 2013, Terminal 2 has been designated as the C gates by Delta and has 11 Jetway-equipped gates (C60-C70). Terminal 2 used to house the majority of Delta’s operations, but after the opening of the Terminal 4 addition, the majority of flights are now handled out of the latter. International and flights to LAX, SFO, and SEA check-in at Terminal 4.

Terminal 4

Terminal 4 replaced the former International Arrivals Building in May 2001.
Source: Mike Powell

Terminal 4, developed by LCOR, Inc., is managed by JFK International Air Terminal (IAT) LLC, a subsidiary of the Schiphol Group and was the first in the United States to be managed by a foreign airport operator. Terminal 4 functions as Delta’s hub at JFK.

Airlines providing service at Terminal 4 include SkyTeam carriers Aeromexico, Air Europa, China Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM, and Xiamen Airlines; Star Alliance carriers Air India, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, EgyptAir, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, and Swiss International Air Lines; and non-alliance carriers Air Serbia, Caribbean Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Eastern Airlines, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Hainan Airlines, JetBlue (late night international arrivals only), Kuwait Airways, LATAM Brasil, LATAM Chile, Uzbekistan Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris, and WestJet.

Opened in 2001 and designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the 1.5-million-square-foot (140,000 m2) terminal was built at a cost of $1.4 billion and replaced JFK’s old International Arrivals Building or simply IAB, which opened in 1957. The terminal was expanded in the late 2000s and early 2010s. The first phase of Delta’s $1.4 billion project at the airport—which includes nine new international gates, additional baggage space, a centralized security checkpoint (moving two checkpoints into one location just after check-in), and customs and border-security facilities—was completed on May 24, 2013.

Terminal 4 has 38 gates in two concourses: A2–A7, B18, and B22–B55 with the exclusion of B40, B50 and B52. As of 2013, Delta and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to an additional $175 million phase II expansion, which allowed Delta to construct 11 regional jet gates at Terminal 4, as well. The agreement allowed Delta to eliminate a proposed physical connection that it previously planned to build with its existing Terminal 2 and instead close T2. The work on the Delta hub was completed in January 2015, with funding primarily from $900 million in special-project bonds. Delta sought funding for the regional jet expansion from the New York City Industrial Development Agency.

As Terminal 4 was built during the construction of the AirTrain, the AirTrain station was built inside the terminal building. Other AirTrain stations are built across from terminal buildings. Delta has also moved much of its operations to T4, as it expands operations beyond T2, with T3 now closed. Concourse A serves as the stopping location for Asian and some European airlines, whereas Concourse B is made up of Delta flights, and a number of Asian and some European airlines.

Like Terminal 1, it is Airbus A380-compatible, and Asiana Airlines (to Seoul), Emirates (to Dubai; both non-stop and one-stop flights via Milan), Etihad Airways (to Abu Dhabi), and Singapore Airlines (to Singapore via Frankfurt) currently use Terminal 4 for their Airbus A380s. However, as of 2019 only one gate (A6) at Terminal 4 has three jetways, which is the generally preferred and most efficient system to board and offload an A380. A variety of other airlines from across the globe as well as SkyTeam and Star Alliance use the terminal as well.

Terminal 5

Terminal 5
Source: Doug Letterman

Terminal 5 opened in 2008 for JetBlue, the manager and primary tenant of the building, as the base of its large JFK hub. The terminal has also been used by Hawaiian Airlines since June 2012, TAP Air Portugal, Cape Air, and Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus, whose flights arriving into JFK from Shannon and Dublin have already been pre-cleared in Ireland. Aer Lingus previously used Terminal 4 prior to the introduction of pre-clearance in Ireland, moving to Terminal 5 on April 3, 2013. On November 12, 2014, JetBlue opened the International Arrivals Concourse (T5i) at the terminal. TAP Air Portugal has used Terminal 5 since reinstating its JFK–Lisbon service on July 1, 2016.

The terminal was redesigned by Gensler and constructed by Turner Construction, and sits behind the preserved Eero Saarinen-designed terminal originally known as the TWA Flight Center, which is now connected to the new structure and is considered part of Terminal 5. The TWA Flight Center reopened as the TWA Hotel in May 2019. The active Terminal 5 building has 29 gates: 1 through 12 and 14 through 30, with gates 25 through 30 handling international flights that are not pre-cleared (gates 28–30 opened in November 2014).

The terminal has a TSA Pre check point for expedited security checks and is open from 3am to 11pm. 

Airspace Lounge opened an airport lounge near Gate 24 in July 2013, and Aer Lingus opened an airport lounge in 2015. In August 2016, Fraport USA was selected by JetBlue as the concessions developer to help attract and manage concessions tenants that align with JetBlue’s vision for Terminal 5. During the summer of 2016, JetBlue renovated Terminal 5, completely overhauling the check-in lobby.

Terminal 7

Terminal 7 – Departure Level
Source: Alexisrael

Terminal 7 was designed by GMW Architects[96] and built for BOAC and Air Canada in 1970. Currently operated by British Airways, it is also the only airport terminal operated on US soil by a foreign carrier, although Terminal 1 is operated by a consortium of foreign carriers serving the building.

Airlines operating out of Terminal 7 include Oneworld alliance carriers British Airways and Iberia, Star Alliance carriers All Nippon Airways and LOT Polish Airlines, SkyTeam member Aerolíneas Argentinas, and non-alliance carriers Alaska Airlines, Eurowings, Icelandair, and Ukraine International Airlines.

Between 1989 and 1991, the terminal was renovated and expanded at a cost of $120 million. The expansion was designed by William Nicholas Bodouva + Associates, Architects. In 1997, the Port Authority approved British Airways’ plans to renovate and expand the terminal. The $250 million project was designed by Corgan Associates[99] and was completed in 2003. The renovated terminal has 12 gates.

In 2015, British Airways extended its lease on the terminal through 2022, with an option of a further three years. BA also plans to spend $65 million to renovate the terminal. Despite being operated by British Airways, a major A380 operator, Terminal 7 is not currently able to handle the aircraft type. As a result, British Airways cannot operate A380s on the lucrative London-Heathrow to New York flights, even though in 2014 there was an advertising campaign that British Airways was going to do so. However, British Airways plans to join its Oneworld partners in Terminal 8, see above, and it will not exercise its lease options on Terminal 7. When BA vacates the terminal, the Port Authority has chosen JFK Millennium Partners, a consortium including JetBlue, RXR Realty, and Vantage Airport Group to operate, and eventually demolish, the current terminal while it builds a new Terminal 6 to serve as a direct replacement.

Terminal 8

Inside the security checkpoint of Terminal 8
Source: Martin St-Amant (S23678)

Terminal 8 is a major Oneworld hub with American Airlines operating its hub here. In 1999, American Airlines began an eight-year program to build the largest passenger terminal at JFK, designed by DMJM Aviation to replace both Terminal 8 and Terminal 9. The new terminal was built in four phases, which involved the construction of a new midfield concourse and demolition of old Terminals 8 and 9. It was opened in stages between 2005 and its official opening in August 2007. American Airlines, the third-largest carrier at JFK, manages Terminal 8 and is the largest carrier at the terminal. Some Oneworld airlines that operate out of Terminal 8 include Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Qantas, Qatar Airways, and Royal Jordanian Airlines, as well as Star Alliance carrier Ethiopian Airlines.

British Airways plans to move into Terminal 8 by the end of 2022 following its renovation and expansion.

On January 7, 2020, construction began on expanding and improving Terminal 8. The construction is estimated to be completed in 2022. British Airways will move into Terminal 8 following the construction and will provide 14 daily flights to London. This construction will be the first phase in an overall plan to renovate JFK airport.

The terminal is twice the size of Madison Square Garden. It offers dozens of retail and food outlets, 84 ticket counters, 44 self-service kiosks, 10 security checkpoint lanes,, and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility that can process more than 1,600 people an hour. Terminal 8 has an annual capacity of 12.8M passengers. It has two American Airlines Admirals Clubs and a Flagship Lounge for premium class passengers.

Terminal 8 has 29 gates: 12 gates in Concourse B (1–8, 10, 12, 14 and 16) and 17 gates in Concourse C (31–47).[107] Gate 31 is further subdivided into 5 regional service gates for small jets, 31A–31E. Gate 32 is subdivided into 4 regional service gates for small jets, 32F–32I. The total number of jetbridges is, therefore, 36. Passenger access to Concourse C is by a tunnel that includes moving walkways.

Former terminals

JFK Airport was originally built with ten terminals, compared to the six it has today. Ten terminals remained until the late 1990s, then nine remained until the early 2000s, followed by eight until 2011 and seven until May 2013.

Eastern Air Lines terminal

This terminal opened in 1959 and was demolished in 1995 after the collapse of Eastern Air Lines in 1991. The terminal was on the site of today’s Terminal 1.

Terminal 3 (Worldport)

Terminal 3 was built as the Worldport in 1960 for Pan American; it expanded after the introduction of the 747 in 1970. After Pan Am’s demise in 1991 Delta Air Lines took over ownership of the terminal and was its only occupant until its closure in 2013. It had a connector to Terminal 2, Delta’s other terminal. Terminal 3 had 16 Jetway equipped gates: 1–10, 12, 14–18 with two hardstand gates (Gate 11) and a helipad on Taxiway KK.

A $1.2 billion project was completed in 2013, under which Terminal 4 was expanded and with Delta subsequently moving its T3 operations to T4.

On May 23, 2013, the final departure from the terminal, Delta Air Lines Flight 268, a Boeing 747-400 to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, departed from Gate 6 at 11:25 p.m. local time. The terminal ceased operations on May 24, 2013, 53 years to the day from when it opened on May 24, 1960. Demolition began soon thereafter and was completed by Summer 2014. The site where Terminal 3 used to stand is now used for aircraft parking by Delta Air Lines.

There has been large media outcry, particularly in other countries, over the demolition of the Worldport. Several online petitions requesting the restoration of the original ‘flying saucer’ gained popularity.

Terminal 6 (Sundrome)

Terminal 6 had 14 gates. Designed by I. M. Pei, it was built in 1970 as the National Airlines Sundrome. Later, Trans World Airlines used it. In 2000, JetBlue Airways began service from Terminal 6, later opening a temporary complex in 2006 that increased its capacity by adding seven gates. After JetBlue vacated the terminal, it was demolished. The international arrivals annex of Terminal 5 now uses a portion of the site, and the rest of the site is used for aircraft parking by both JetBlue and British Airways (which operates from nearby Terminal 7).

Old Terminal 8 and 9

The original Terminal 8 opened in 1960; its stained-glass façade was the largest in existence at the time. It was always used by American Airlines and in later years it was used by other Oneworld airlines that did not use Terminal 7.

Terminal 9 opened in 1959 and was used by United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Delta moved to Terminal 2 when they acquired Northeast Airlines. Braniff International moved from Terminal 2 to Terminal 9 in 1973, and operated in Terminal 9 until its bankruptcy in 1982. United used Terminal 9 from its opening in 1959 until it vacated the terminal in 1991 and became a tenant at British Airways’ Terminal 7. Terminal 9 then became the home of American Airlines’ domestic operations and American Eagle flights for the remainder of its life. The terminals were demolished in the early-to-mid-2000s and replaced with a new Terminal 8.

Tower Air terminal

The Tower Air terminal, unlike other terminals at JFK airport, sat outside the Central Terminals area in Building 213 in Cargo Area A. Originally used by Pan Am until the expansion of the Worldport (later Terminal 3), it was later used by Tower Air and TWA shuttle until the airline was acquired by American Airlines in 2001. Building 213 has not been used since 2000. It is located next to the Delta Air Lines employees’ parking lot number 7, which was once the Tower Air terminal parking lot.

TWA Flight Center

TWA Flight Center opened in 1962. It was designed for Trans World Airlines by Eero Saarinen. The terminal was one of the first with many of the features airport terminals have today. The New York landmarks commission voted the terminal as a landmark in 1994 and In 2005, the National Park Service listed it on the National Register of Historic Places. In May 2019, when restoration was complete, the terminal was reopened as TWA Hotel.


John F. Kennedy International Airport spans 5,200 acres or 21 square kilometers (8.1 sq mi). There are four runways (two pairs of parallel runways) surrounding the airport’s central terminal area.

Operational facilities

Looking at runway 4L/22R and out to sea.
Source: Spartan7W

JFK has over 25 miles (40 km) of taxiways to move aircraft in and around the airfield. The standard width of these taxiways is 75 feet (23 m), with 25 feet (7.6 m) heavy-duty shoulders and 25-foot (7.6 m) erosion control pavements on each side. The taxiways have centerline lights and are generally of asphalt concrete composition 15 to 18 inches (380 to 460 mm) thick. An illuminated sign system provides directional information for taxiing aircraft.

The Air Traffic Control Tower, designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and constructed on the ramp-side of Terminal 4, began full FAA operations in October 1994. An Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE) radar unit sits atop the tower. A gas-fired electric cogeneration plant generates electricity for the airport, with an output of about 90 megawatts (120,000 hp). It uses thermal energy from the capture of waste heat to heat and cool all of the passenger terminals and other facilities in the central terminal area. At the time of its completion, the JFK tower, at 320 feet (98 m), was the world’s tallest control tower. It was subsequently displaced from that position by towers at other airports in both the United States and overseas, including those at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, currently the tallest tower at any U.S. airport, at 398 feet (121 m) and at KLIA2 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, currently the world’s tallest control tower at 438 feet (134 m).

JFK airport- February 2017
Source: Ivotoledo45

Aircraft service facilities include seven aircraft hangars, an engine overhaul building, a 32-million-US-gallon (120,000 m3) aircraft fuel storage facility and a truck garage.

In the last few years, improvements have been made to terminals, roadways and inter-terminal transportation.

Other facilities

North American Airlines had its headquarters in Building 141 along Federal Circle, on the airport property. North American Airlines was one of the building’s tenants; the building does have Servisair and VOA as tenants and Port Authority storage. Building 141 was originally a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) administration building. In the 1990s it served as the PANYNJ police headquarters. In 2000 an $800,000, 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) annex of the building opened to serve students of Aviation High School in Long Island City. In 2003 Building 141 was dedicated in honor of Morris Sloane, a PANYNJ aviation employee.

Hangar 17, originally occupied by Pan American and later Tower Air, found a new and important role housing artifacts from 9/11 that eventually made their way to the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero.

Servisair has its offices in Building 86.

CAL Cargo Airlines has its offices in Building 23.

Currently Nippon Cargo Airlines has its New York City branch in Cargo Building 66.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD) provides law enforcement, fire rescue and emergency medical services to the airport. Its JFK Command is based in Building 269.

PANYNJ operations and administrative offices are located in Building 14.

Three chapels, including Our Lady of the Skies Chapel, provide for the religious needs of airline passengers.

Sheltair is the current FBO on the field serving General Aviation traffic. The company became the first privately operated FBO at JFK Airport in its 65-year history when it opened on May 21, 2012.
In January 2017, the Ark at JFK Airport, a luxury terminal for pets, opened at a cost of $65 million. Ark was built ostensibly so that people who were transporting pets and other animals would be able to provide luxurious accommodations for these animals. At the time, it was supposed to be the only such facility in the U.S. However, in January 2018, Ark’s owner sued the Port Authority for violating a clause that would have given Ark the exclusive rights to inspect all animals who arrive at JFK from other countries. In the lawsuit, the owner stated that Ark had incurred large operational losses because many animals were instead being transported to a United States Department of Agriculture facility in Newburgh.

Information services

In the immediate vicinity of the airport, parking and other information can be obtained by tuning to a highway advisory radio station at 1630 AM. A second station at 1700 AM provides information on traffic concerns for drivers leaving the airport.

Kennedy Airport, along with the other Port Authority airports (LaGuardia and Newark), uses a uniform style of signage throughout the airport properties. Yellow signs direct passengers to airline gates, ticketing and other flight services; green signs direct passengers to ground transportation services and black signs lead to restrooms, telephones and other passenger amenities. In addition, the Port Authority operates “Welcome Centers” and taxi dispatch booths in each airline terminal, where staff provide customers with information on taxis, limousines, other ground transportation and hotels.

New York City traffic reporter Bernie Wagenblast provides the voice for the airport’s radio stations and the messages heard on board AirTrain JFK and in its stations.

Airport hotels

There are several hotels adjacent to JFK Airport, including the Courtyard by Marriott and the Crowne Plaza. The former Ramada Plaza JFK Hotel is Building 144, and it was the only on-site hotel at JFK Airport. It was previously a part of Forte Hotels and previously the Travelodge New York JFK. Due to its role in housing friends and relatives of aircraft crash victims in the 1990s and 2000s, the hotel became known as the “Heartbreak Hotel”. In 2009 the PANYNJ stated in its preliminary 2010 budget that it was closing the hotel due to “declining aviation activity and a need for substantial renovation” and that it expected to save $1 million per month. The hotel closed on December 1, 2009. Almost 200 employee lost their jobs. As of 2009, the Port Authority hoped to build a new hotel on the airport property.

Ground transportation

JFK Airport is connected to the New York City Subway and Long Island Rail Road by AirTrain JFK. It stops at all terminals, parking lots, hotel shuttle areas, car rental lots, the Jamaica LIRR station, Howard Beach-JFK Airport subway station on the IND Rockaway Line (A train) and Sutphin Boulevard–Archer Avenue–JFK Airport subway station on the Archer Avenue Line (E​, ​J, and ​Z trains).

Several city bus lines link JFK to the New York City Subway and Long Island Rail Road, including the Q3, Q6, Q7, Q10, B15, with free transfers provided for subway connections. The B15, Q3 and Q10 buses all serve the Central Terminal Area via a dedicated bus stop at the former Terminal 6 (connection to other terminals via AirTrain JFK, with a direct walkway provided to Terminal 5), while the Q6 serves only eastern Cargo Area D and the USPS Airport Mail facility and the Q7 serves only Cargo Area C. There are also many private bus lines operating express buses to Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Long Island.

New York City’s yellow cabs, licensed by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, offer a flat-rate service of $52 from JFK Airport to Manhattan, excluding tips and tolls. Since November 30, 2006, this flat-rate fare (excluding tips and tolls) applies to travel from Manhattan to JFK as well. Depending on the time of day, taxi travel from JFK to Midtown Manhattan can be as quick as 35 minutes or as long as 90 minutes. Door-to-door car service is another popular transportation option.

JFK Airport is located in southern Queens on the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678), which can be accessed from the Belt Parkway, the Grand Central Parkway and Queens Boulevard. A ring road connects the airport terminals to the Belt Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway. The airport offers customers over 17,000 parking spaces, included in multi-level parking garages, surface spaces in the Central Terminal Area, a long-term parking lot and valet parking. Tesla, Inc. has a Supercharger (fast vehicle charging station) at the airport. There are also private off-site parking operators near the airport.

View of JFK Control Tower from Jamaica Bay.
Source: Sky Today

Airlines and destinations


Aer LingusDublin, Shannon
Aerolíneas ArgentinasBuenos Aires–Ezeiza
AeroméxicoMexico City
Aeroméxico ConnectMonterrey
Air ChinaBeijing–Capital
Air EuropaMadrid
Air FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Air IndiaDelhi
Air SerbiaBelgrade
Alaska AirlinesLos Angeles, Portland (OR), San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Palm Springs
AlitaliaMilan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino
All Nippon AirwaysTokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita
American AirlinesAntigua, Austin, Barcelona, Bermuda, Boston, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cancún, Charlotte, Chicago–O’Hare, Georgetown–Cheddi Jagan, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Liberia (CR), London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Montego Bay, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, St. Thomas, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San José de Costa Rica, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Washington–National
Seasonal: Eagle/Vail, Grand Cayman, Punta Cana, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Rome–Fiumicino, St. Kitts, St. Maarten
American EagleBaltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Indianapolis, Montréal–Trudeau, Nashville, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–National
Asiana AirlinesSeoul–Incheon
Austrian AirlinesVienna
AviancaBogotá, Cali, Medellín–JMC
Avianca El SalvadorSan Salvador
Azerbaijan AirlinesBaku
British AirwaysLondon–City, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow
Brussels AirlinesBrussels
Cape AirHyannis, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket
Caribbean AirlinesGeorgetown–Cheddi Jagan, Kingston–Norman Manley, Montego Bay, Port of Spain, St. Vincent–Argyle, Tobago
Cathay PacificHong Kong
Cayman AirwaysGrand Cayman
China AirlinesTaipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern AirlinesShanghai–Pudong
China Southern AirlinesGuangzhou, Wuhan
Copa AirlinesPanama City
Delta Air LinesAccra, Amsterdam, Antigua, Aruba, Atlanta, Austin, Barcelona, Bermuda, Bogotá, Boston, Brussels,  Cancún, Charlotte, Charleston (SC), Dakar–Diass, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Dublin, Edinburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Frankfurt, Houston–Intercontinental, Jacksonville (FL), Kingston–Norman Manley, Lagos, Las Vegas, Lisbon, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay, Mumbai, Nassau, New Orleans, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Rome–Fiumicino, St. Maarten , Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Seattle/Tacoma, Tampa, Tel Aviv, Washington–National, West Palm Beach, Zürich
Seasonal: Athens, Berlin–Tegel, Bozeman, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Grand Cayman (resumes June 13, 2020), Grenada, Jackson Hole, Nice, Prague, Providenciales, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Shannon, Vancouver, Venice
Delta ConnectionBaltimore, Bangor, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Charleston (SC), Chicago–O’Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Montréal–Trudeau, Nashville, Norfolk, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Rochester (NY), Savannah, Syracuse, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National
Seasonal: Sarasota

Eastern AirlinesGeorgetown–Cheddi Jagan, Guayaquil
El AlTel Aviv
EmiratesDubai–International, Milan–Malpensa (both resume July 1, 2020)
Ethiopian AirlinesAbidjan, Addis Ababa
Etihad AirwaysAbu Dhabi
EurowingsSeasonal: Düsseldorf
EVA AirTaipei–Taoyuan
Hainan AirlinesChengdu, Chongqing
Hawaiian AirlinesHonolulu
InterjetMexico City
Seasonal: Cancún
Japan AirlinesTokyo–Haneda
JetBlueAguadilla, Albuquerque, Antigua, Aruba, Atlanta,  Austin, Barbados, Bermuda, Boston, Buffalo, Burbank, Burlington (VT), Cancún, Cartagena, Charleston (SC), Chicago–O’Hare, Curaçao, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Georgetown–Cheddi Jagan, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Guatemala City (begins October 21, 2020), Guayaquil, Havana, Houston–Intercontinental, Jacksonville (FL), Kingston–Norman Manley, Las Vegas, Liberia (CR), Long Beach, Los Angeles, Montego Bay, Nashville, Nassau, New Orleans, Ontario, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pointe-à-Pitre, Ponce, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Portland (OR), Providenciales, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Reno/Tahoe, Rochester (NY), Sacramento, St. Lucia–Hewanorra, St. Maarten, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA) , San José de Costa Rica, San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Sarasota, Savannah, Seattle/Tacoma,  Syracuse, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Worcester
Seasonal: Bozeman (begins June 11, 2020), Hyannis, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Palm Springs, Portland (ME)
Kenya AirwaysNairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Korean AirSeoul–Incheon
Kuwait AirwaysKuwait
LATAM BrasilSão Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM ChileLima, Santiago de Chile
LATAM EcuadorGuayaquil
LOT Polish AirlinesBudapest, Kraków, Warsaw–Chopin
LufthansaFrankfurt, Munich
Norwegian Air ShuttleAmsterdam, Barcelona, London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Athens
Philippine AirlinesManila
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Royal Air MarocCasablanca
Royal JordanianAmman–Queen Alia
SaudiaJeddah, Riyadh
Hajj: Medina
Singapore AirlinesFrankfurt, Singapore
South African AirwaysJohannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Swiss International Air LinesGeneva, Zürich
TAP Air PortugalLisbon
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul
Ukraine International AirlinesKiev–Boryspil
Uzbekistan AirwaysTashkent
Virgin AtlanticLondon–Heathrow, Manchester (UK)
VivaAerobusMexico City
Volaris Costa RicaSan José de Costa Rica, San Salvador


^a Flights from London–City to New York–JFK have a stopover in Shannon for refueling due to weight restrictions in LCY. However, British Airways does not carry local traffic between Shannon and New York. The flight from New York to London is non-stop. This flight is flown by an Airbus A318.

^b Qantas flies from New York to Brisbane as QF16 on a 787 Dreamliner with a stop-over in Los Angeles, where passengers will have the option to connect onto the airline’s flights to Sydney and Melbourne. However, the airline does not have eighth freedom rights to solely transport passengers between New York and Los Angeles due to regulations by the United States government.


When ranked by the value of shipments passing through it, JFK is the number three freight gateway in the United States (after the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of New York and New Jersey), and the number one international air freight gateway in the United States. Almost 21% of all U.S. international air freight by value and 9.6% by tonnage moved through JFK in 2008.

The JFK air cargo complex is a Foreign Trade Zone, which legally lies outside the customs area of the United States.[238] JFK is a major hub for air cargo between the United States and Europe. London, Brussels and Frankfurt are JFK’s three top trade routes. The European airports are mostly a link in a global supply chain, however. The top destination markets for cargo flying out of JFK in 2003 were Tokyo, Seoul and London. Similarly, the top origin markets for imports at JFK were Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei and London.

Nearly 100 cargo air carriers operate out of JFK,[239] among them: Air China Cargo, ABX Air, Asiana, Atlas Air, CAL Cargo Air Lines, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Cargo, China Airlines, EVA Air, Emirates SkyCargo, Nippon Cargo Airlines, FedEx Express, DHL Air UK, Kalitta Air, Korean Air, Lufthansa Cargo, UPS Airlines, Southern Air and, formerly, World Airways. Top 5 carriers together transported 33.1% of all revenue freight in 2005: American Airlines (10.9% of the total), FedEx Express (8.8%), Lufthansa Cargo (5.2%), Korean Air Cargo (4.9%), China Airlines (3.8%).

Most cargo and maintenance facilities at JFK are located north and west of the main terminal area. DHL, FedEx Express, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Nippon Cargo Airlines and United Airlines have cargo facilities at JFK. In 2000, Korean Air Cargo opened a new $102 million cargo terminal at JFK with total floor area of 81,124 square feet (7,536.7 m2) and capability of handling 200,000 tons annually. In 2007, American Airlines opened a new priority parcel service facility at their Terminal 8, featuring 30-minute drop-offs and pick-ups for priority parcel shipments within the US.

ACE Belgium FreightersLiège, Tel Aviv
Air China CargoAnchorage, Beijing–Capital, Dallas/Fort Worth, Shanghai–Pudong
Amazon AirChicago–O’Hare, Cincinnati, Fort Worth, Sacramento, Seattle/Tacoma, Wilmington (OH)
Asiana Airlines CargoAnchorage, Brussels, Miami, Seoul–Incheon
ASL Airlines BelgiumLiège
Atlas AirAnchorage, Hangzhou
CAL Cargo Air LinesLiège, Tel Aviv
CargoluxChicago–O’Hare, Guadalajara, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Mexico City, Toulouse
Cargolux ItaliaLuxembourg, Milan–Malpensa
Cathay Pacific CargoAnchorage, Calgary, Chicago–O’Hare, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Hong Kong, Portland (OR), Toronto–Pearson
China Airlines CargoAnchorage, Taipei–Taoyuan
DHL AviationAnchorage, Chicago–O’Hare, Cincinnati, East Midlands, Leipzig/Halle
Emirates SkyCargoChicago–O’Hare, Dubai–Al Maktoum, Maastricht
FedEx ExpressIndianapolis, Memphis, Washington–Dulles
Kalitta AirAmsterdam
Korean Air CargoAnchorage, Miami, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Toronto–Pearson
Atlanta, Frankfurt, Mexico City
Nippon Cargo AirlinesAnchorage, Chicago–O’Hare, Tokyo–Narita
Qantas FreightAnchorage, Chongqing, Shanghai–Pudong
Qatar Airways CargoDoha, Halifax, Zaragoza
Royal Jordanian CargoAmman–Queen Alia, Maastricht
Saudia CargoJeddah
SkyLink ExpressHamilton (ON)
Turkish Airlines CargoAguadilla, Bogota, Istanbul–Atatürk, Toronto–Pearson, Zaragoza
UPS AirlinesChicago/Rockford, Louisville, Orlando, Philadelphia
Seasonal: Hartford

New York JFK Airport and Rockaway Beach
Source: Sky Today

Accidents and incidents

Source: wikipedia