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Airports in New York City

John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Overview

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 efficiently.

Location

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.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 718 244 4444.

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New York La Guardia Airport (LGA)

Overview

One of the busiest airports in the US, despite the fact that it is New York's smallest, New York La Guardia Airport is located in Queens, eight miles (13km) east of downtown Manhattan in New York City. Seeing more than 24 million passengers each year, La Guardia is a popular facility due to its close proximity to Manhattan.

Despite its popularity, La Guardia has consistently ranked last for customer satisfaction and on-time arrivals among US surveys. While the facility itself is pleasant enough and well-maintained, long queues at customs and immigration facilities are a normal occurrence.

Location

The airport is located eight miles (13km) east of central Manhattan, in the borough of Queens.

Getting to the city

Ground Transportation Information is available in the baggage claim/arrival areas of all terminals. All service arrangements can be made at these counters. Public buses service the city and connect with the New York subway; the Q33 and Q47 service Manhattan and Queens. The New York Airport Service Express Bus leaves regularly for all areas in Manhattan. The SuperShuttle Manhattan is a 24-hour, shared door-to-door service that goes to all areas of the city.

Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).

Contacts

Tel: +1 718 533 3400.

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John F Kennedy International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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