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Airports in New York

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 (46 million passengers each year) 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. The New York Airport Service provides a regular bus transportation service to and from Manhattan (New York City), LGA Airport, and Midtown Hotels.

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.

New York La Guardia Airport has four terminals: the Central Terminal Building, the Marine Air Terminal, the Delta Terminal, and the US Airways Terminal, all connected via shuttles and walkways.

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.

The airport is currently exploring renovation options that include demolishing and rebuilding the entire structure over a period of years, a plan that would be completed in several phases to maintain operations.

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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Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

Location

The airport is located two miles (3km) south of Newark, 16 miles (26km) southwest of New York.

Getting to the city

Newark Liberty International Airport offers travellers a wide range of Ground Transportation services. There are taxis, buses, shuttles, and limousines available in front of and beside all three terminals. Ground Transportation Information counters, located on the lower baggage claim level of all terminals provide information and reservations for buses, shared-ride vans and limousines. The AirTrain connects to regional and commuter trains. New Jersey Transit buses have various routes to destinations in New Jersey and Penn Station in Newark; bus 107 has a direct service to New York City. The Newark Liberty Airport Express provides a bus service approximately every 30 minutes to Manhattan and SuperShuttle Manhattan is a shared minibus service, which goes to all areas of Manhattan, including hotels.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +1 973 961 6000.

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Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)

Overview

Situated near the Canadian border, roughly halfway between New York City and Toronto, Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is the most convenient method of accessing one of North America's premier tourist attractions, the thundering Niagara Falls. The romance of the biggest waterfall in North America has drawn sightseers and honeymooners for decades - as attested to by the 5 million passengers passing through the gates of Buffalo Niagara International Airport each year. The airport is smaller by far than the behemoths found in Toronto and New York City, but it is also more basic. Thus, passengers will gain the convenience of shorter queues and cheaper flights at the expense of bells and whistles like good quality restaurants and fancy shops. For something to do while waiting for your flight,don't miss the pre-security art gallery called 'The Gallery - Where Buffalo Niagara shows off', which features rotating exhibitions of artworks made by local artists.

Location

The airport is located nine miles (14km) east of Buffalo.

Getting to the city

NFTA-Metro Bus and Rail provides public transport to and from the airport, and shuttles, taxis and rental cars are also available.

Time

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

Contacts

Tel: +1 716 630 6000.

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Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM)

Location

The airport is situated eight miles (13km) north of Binghamton.

Getting to the city

BC Transit's 7 Clinton Street bus route services the airport every day on request: visitors must phone BC Transit at least 30 minutes before desired pickup or the bus will not stop at the airport. Regular bus fare is $2. Taxis, airport shuttles and rental cars are also available.

Time

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

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Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR)

Location

The airport is situated five miles (8km) northeast of downtown Syracuse.

Getting to the city

The public bus system, Centro, does not operate to the airport, but it is possible to take the bus between Syracuse and the William F. Walsh Regional Transportation Center, located a few miles from the airport, and complete the journey with a short taxi ride.

Time

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

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Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH)

Location

The airport is situated three miles (5km) northeast of Ithaca.

Getting to the city

TCAT bus route 32 services the airport between 7:50am and 9:30pm on weekdays, and bus route 72 services the airport between 8:45am and 11pm on Saturdays, and between 7:45am and 4:45pm on Sundays. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Time

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

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Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC)

Location

The airport is situated three miles (6km) southwest of downtown Rochester.

Getting to the city

Rochester Transit Service buses service the airport every day of the week; adult bus fare is $1. A number of hotels in the area offer airport shuttles for their guests. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Time

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

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Albany International Airport (ALB)

Location

The airport is located six miles (10km) from the city centre.

Getting to the city

Local bus, taxi, limousine and car rental services are available at the airport to transport passengers to the city centre.

Time

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

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

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