One of the busiest airports in the USA and indeed 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 Queens, the mammoth facility is used by more than 90 airlines.
Flights to John F Kennedy International Airport are 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.
Sometimes going by the shorter moniker JFK, the airport is a huge facility with six terminals and has every kind of shop, restaurant, or entertainment option a passenger could wish for.
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.
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, providing 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. The service also reaches the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island.
Go Airlink is another rideshare service, providing shuttles that travel between the airport and the city. Similarly, NYC Airporter is an express bus service that transports passengers from JFK to stations such as Grand Central and Penn, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
GMT -5 (GMT -4 from March to November).
Tel: (718) 244 4444
Car hire companies represented at all terminals include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise, and National. The AirTrain shuttles passengers between the terminals and the car rental offices.
Taxis are available in front of all six terminals, with the general journey time to Manhattan being around 40 to 60 minutes long. Excluding tolls, the flat fee to Manhattan is around $52, while other approximate fairs include Brooklyn $59 to $64, Queens $28 to $33, Staten Island $67 to $79, and the Bronx $48 to $68.
A journey to La Guardia Airport may cost $34 to $39, and Newark Airport $97 to $102, with a $17.50 surcharge. Tipping is customary for good service. Travellers should only use taxis from the taxi dispatch booth and refuse offers from others.
Transfer between terminals
Passengers can travel between JFK's six terminals for free on the AirTrain, with any travel beyond that incurring various costs.
All terminals have ATMs, bureaux de change, bars, restaurants, and a wide selection of shops. Travellers will be able to find most services in the terminals, including wifi, medical facilities, information counters, and shoe-shiners.
JFK has two types of parking. Long-term parking is four miles (6km) from the terminals and served by the free AirTrain. Passengers should allow 30 minutes to reach their terminal. The Central Terminal Area (CTA) parking is adjacent to the terminals and provides daily parking needs.
Signs to the parking facilities are colour-coded to indicate their proximity to terminals. A cell phone lot waiting area is located near the airport's entrance for drivers to wait for disembarking passengers, reducing traffic congestion.
Flights to John F Kennedy International Airport are available via dozens of airlines, including Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air China, Air France, American Airlines, American Eagle, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Japan Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qantas, Saudi Arabian Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss International, Turkish Airlines, United, US Airways, and Virgin Atlantic.
WiFi is available.
There are numerous lounges available, equipped with photocopying, fax, WiFi, and FedEx facilities at the airport. Attached airport hotels include the Sheraton JFK Airport Hotel or the Marriott, offering conference facilities with audio-visual equipment and catering.
JFK Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.