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John F. Kennedy Airport - Where New York begins and ends

Granted, you can also travel to New York on an ocean liner. But for the vast majority of Europeans today, the plane is probably the best solution to get to the Big Apple quickly, safely and relatively inexpensively. Anyone who comes across the pond from the east - from the American point of view - is likely to land at New York's largest airport. More than 56 million passengers and almost 450,000 aircraft, including cargo flights, are handled at John F. Kennedy Airport every year.

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JFK is a city in itself | Come and go | A little glimpse into history | John F. Kennedy Airport in a nutshell


The most frequent connections to Europe are between London and New York and between Paris and New York. Domestic flights also land and start on JFK, as John F. Kennedy Airport is abbreviated. Here the connections to Los Angeles and San Francisco hold the top positions.

JFK is a city in itself

New York and John F. Kennedy are terms that are felt to be charismatic all over the world. So it's no wonder that arrivals and departures to and from this airport are considered an exciting part of any trip to New York. In the USA, JFK ranks “only” fifth and globally seventeenth of the largest airports, but the atmosphere couldn't be more lively and colorful. There are six terminals that are available to passengers from over a hundred airlines. By the way, has someone who has already flown from Terminal 8 just stopped? That can be explained easily. JFK's terminals are numbered from one to eight; Terminal 3 and Terminal 6, however, were demolished in the course of renovation work in 2011 and 2013. Speaking of renovation work. The airport has been expanded five times since it opened on July 1, 1948. Small modernization work is also currently underway (June 2016).

Thanks to the four runways, JFK has a total of more than 14 kilometers of runway to handle flight operations smoothly. To date, nearly $ 7 billion has been invested in JFK.

That sounds like a lot, but the airport gives a lot back to the city and the country. JFK directly and indirectly employs over 250,000 people who receive an estimated $ 13.4 billion annually in wages and salaries. In addition, the New York and New Jersey regions benefit from the airport with an economic output of over $ 37 billion annually. That makes the investments seem small again ...

Come and go

For orientation, however, the question of where JFK Kennedy is actually located is probably more interesting. It is located in the borough of Jamaica, which belongs to the borough of Queens and is about 25 kilometers from mid-Manhattan. The Airtrain, which can be used free of charge, runs between the terminals and various infrastructural facilities such as parking garages, hotels and, last but not least, two stops for the New York subway “Subway”. If you don't like to ride the subway or have too much luggage with you, you can use a “yellow cab” from JFK, a licensed yellow taxi for the journey into the city center. If the traffic is not too heavy, the drive from Manhattan to JFK and vice versa takes around 35 minutes. The fixed tariff is currently 52 US dollars. There are also buses to the city center; There is detailed information on this at the airport itself or on the official website.

A little glimpse into history

When the airport opened in the late 1940s, John F, Kennedy was a young man who simply belonged to a distinguished American family. After a short period as an “Idlewild” airport, named after a nearby golf course, the airport was initially simply named “New York International Airport”. It was not until December 24, 1963, around a month after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, who had meanwhile become the President of the United States, that the airport was given its current name. The City Council and Mayor of New York, as well as the operating company, mutually agreed.

John F. Kennedy Airport in a nutshell

  • Around 56 million passengers are handled annually in six terminals
  • Almost 100 airlines offer scheduled flights from JFK
  • The most frequent connections to Europe are to London and Paris
  • The most common domestic connections serve Los Angeles and San Francisco