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.