John F Kennedy International
One of the busiest airports in the US (and the world), John F Kennedy International Airport in New York City is a major travel hub for national and international flights in North America. Located 12 miles (20km) from downtown Manhattan in the borough of Queens, the mammoth facility is used by more than 90 airlines, with flights to John F Kennedy International Airport available from cities all around the world, including Paris, Mumbai, Tokyo, Montreal, Beijing, Panama City, Moscow, Los Angeles, Cairo, Sydney, Johannesburg, Seoul, and many other destinations.
A huge facility with eight terminals, JFK (as it's popularly known) has every kind of shop, restaurant, or entertainment option a passenger could wish for. Terminal 4 houses a great art museum and large shopping complex.
Unfortunately, the large size of the airport makes it confusing to navigate, and passengers making connections will need to allow a lot of time between flights to get from one gate to another. Security is also very strict, though the facility handles its large volume of traffic (46 million passengers each year) efficiently.
The airport is located 15 miles (24km) southeast of central Manhattan.
Getting to the city
Ground Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of all terminals and provides information on buses, shared-ride vans and limousines. The AirTrain links the airport to the subway, train and bus system, which go to the city centre. 'SuperShuttle Manhattan' is a 24-hour, shared, door-to-door service to anywhere between Battery Park and 227th including all hotels, and the service also operates to Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island. The New York Airport Service provides a regular bus transportation service to and from Manhattan (New York City), LGA Airport, and Midtown Hotels.
GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
Tel: +1 718 244 4444.
Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise and National are represented at all terminals by either a courtesy phone or rental car counter. The AirTrain shuttles passengers between the terminals and the car rental offices.
Taxis are available in front of all nine terminals, and the journey time to Manhattan is between 40 and 60 minutes. There is a generally a $45 fare to Manhattan (excluding tolls), other approximate fares include Brooklyn $52, Bronx $43, Queens $27, Staten Island $64, LaGuardia Airport $32, and Newark Airport $97. Tipping 15 percent is customary for good service. Only use taxis from the taxi dispatch booth and refuse offers from others.
Transfer between terminals
Passengers can travel between JFK's nine terminals on the free AirTrain. Terminals 2 and 3 are connected by a walkway, and terminals 8 and 9 are connected by an interior concourse. The entire loop takes eight minutes.
All terminals have ATMs, bureaux de change, bars, restaurants and a wide selection of shops. There is a cellular phone rental facility in the arrivals area of Terminal 3. Travellers will be able to find most services in the terminals, including wireless Internet access, medical facilities, information counters, shoe-shiners and conference facilities. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their airline or travel agent in advance.
There are two kinds of public parking at JFK. The long-term parking is four miles (6km) from the terminals and is served by a free shuttle bus. Passengers are advised to allow 30 minutes to reach their terminal. The Central Terminal Area (CTA) parking is adjacent to the terminals and provides for daily parking needs. Signs to the parking facilities are colour-coded to indicate their proximity to the terminals. A Cell Phone Lot waiting area is located near the airport's entrance for drivers to wait for disembarking passengers. There is parking available adjacent to each terminal, ranging from $6 per hour to $33 per day in the short-term lots to $18 per day in the long-term lots, connected to the terminals by the AirTrain service.
Passenger Facility Charge US$4.50
Flights to John F Kennedy International Airport are available via dozens of airlines, including Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Berling, Air China, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, American Eagle, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Jet Airways, Japan Airlines, JetBlue, KLM, LAN Airlines, Lufthansa, Qantas, Saudi Arabian Airlines, South African Airways, Sun Country, Swiss International, Turkish Airlines, United, US Airways, Virgin America, and Virgin Atlantic.
Wifi is available through Boingo for $4.95 per hour or $7.95 per day. JetBlue Terminal 6 offers free wifi to passengers of that airline.
There are photocopying, fax and FedEx facilities at the airport, and attached airport hotels like the Sheraton JFK Airport Hotel or the Marriott offer conference facilities with audi-visual equipment and catering.
John F Kennedy International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.