John F. Kennedy International Airport is located in the southeast of New York, in Queens County. The facility is 25 km from downtown Manhattan. Today, the airport is considered one of the largest and most famous not only in the United States, but also in the world. In addition, it is the busiest in the US.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) contact details

  • Queens, NY 11430
  • United States
Telephone, fax, email
  • : +1 718-244-4444

The airport "specializes" not only in passenger transportation, but also in cargo. It is called the "air cargo gate of the country".
Here you can find not only information about flights, but also information about the occupancy of parking lots, the waiting time in the terminals, the waiting time for a taxi near each of the terminals, and so on.

Interesting facts JFK New York International Airport

The construction of the airport began in 1943. 60 million dollars were allocated for this project. Interestingly, at first JFK was not considered as a separate full-fledged airport. It became part of LaGuardia Airport, which was no longer able to cope with the flow of passengers at that time. Once JFK was completed, the administration banned foreign aircraft from landing at LaGuardia Airport and transferred them to the new airport.

At first, it was planned to make one terminal for all airlines, but the airlines themselves didn’t approve of this idea. Then a very good decision was made – to provide each airline with its own place, where company can independently organize everything, develop a design.

The first flight at JFK Airport took place on July 1, 1948. It was an important event attended by President Truman.

At first, the airport had a different name – Idlewild Airport. It was named so in honor of the golf club, which was located on this territory before. The airport received its modern name on December 24, 1963 – a month after the assassination of President Kennedy.

The airport serves aircraft from more than 90 airlines. JFK has 4 runways and 6 terminals that are currently in use (there were 8 in total). Let’s look at what each of the terminals is intended for.

John-F. Kennedy International Airport

  • Terminal №1. Designed to serve international flights. Only large planes land here.
  • Terminal №2. It is used by “Delta Air”. The terminal accepts both international and domestic flights. This terminal is the oldest at the airport.
  • Terminal №4. This is the only terminal that operates 24/7. Most often, planes from African and Eastern countries land here.
  • Terminal №5. This is where regional planes land and take off. The terminal also serves the Irish airline “Aer Lingus”.
  • Terminal №7. “British Airways” planes land and take off here. The terminal consists of three levels.
  • Terminal №8. This terminal is for “American Airlines”.

JFK New York International Airport

It is impossible to walk from one terminal to another. In order to do this, you need to use the high-speed train AirTrain.

Some interesting facts about JFK

Part of the airport is used by the US Air Force on exclusive rights. A separate runway was allocated for military personnel.

The airport administration takes care of the animals. The airport has a terminal called “The ARK at JFK”. This terminal is for animals only. Here, dogs, cats, birds, and other small pets are taken care of around the clock. In addition, specialists even work with horses and exotic animals!

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In 1957, the Soviet authorities asked the airport administration to start accepting flights of Tu-104 turbojet aircraft that carried Soviet diplomats. They were refused because the airport didn’t want to accept such noisy planes.

From 2006 to 2009, it was possible to get from downtown Manhattan to the airport by a US Helicopter, which flew hourly. The cost of one flight was $159, and the flight lasted 8 minutes. Passengers went through security checks right on Wall Street, so they didn’t have to queue at the airport. In 2009, this transport was cancelled.

JFK is more than just an airport. This is a reason for the pride of Americans and a monumental object that has already left its mark on history. This is one of the most modern, technologically advanced airports, and it’s not going to stop developing!