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New York ( JFK) Airport Guide




New York JFK airport is the busiest international gateway in New York and is used by more than 45 million passengers every year. By that measurement it is 12th busiest airport in the world. It serves the city of New York which is the biggest city in America. The airport is located on Long Island in Queens County. Lower Manhattan is some 12 miles away.


New York airport used to be known as Idlewild airport because it was built on the Idlewild golf course. The airport changed its name after the tragic assassination of former President John F Kennedy. To start with New York airport was built to relieve some of the traffic from La Guardia airport. Then the local port authority did not renew the permits for international airlines at La Guardia and they were all forced to move to New York airport. There were originally six runways at the airport but these have expanded over the years. An initial plan to have 55 gates was rejected when it was realised that many more would be needed.


There are numerous different ways that you can come to New York airport.

From Up-State New York you want to get to the Bronx-Whitestone Toll Bridge and then the Van Wyck Expressway south, from which you follow signs to JFK. The Bridge is accessible from three different routes.

You can take the I-95 south to the Bruckner Expressway and then look for the exit for the Hutchinson River Parkway I-678 Or you can drive south on the Thruway-Major Deegan Expressway to the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95). Then take the Cross Bronx Expressway east to I-678 and follow this south.

Alternatively head south on I-684 to the I-678. From the Long Island take the Southern State Parkway or the Long Island Expressway west and look for exit 20.

From the south you drive north on the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 13 for the Goethals Bridge and follow it to the Staten Island Expressway and the Verrazano Bridge. Exit the bridge to take the Belt Parkway east. At exit 19 take the NY-878 directly to the airport. Bear in mind that you must pay a toll on both bridges.

From the West you take the I-78 or the I-80/I-280 and follow the directions above.



JFK airport can cater to business travellers, disabled travellers and people on long layovers.
There are many hotels near to JFK airport, everything from five star facilities to 3 star hotels like the Crowne Plaza Hotel JFK Airport. WiFi access is available throughout the airport and there are numerous computer stations. There are also conference and meeting rooms.
Free transfer is available between all terminals on the air train JFK.


There are lots of shops in every terminal, especially terminal five which has just had 25 new retail outlets added. The fashion stores are particularly impressive and you can get everything from Japanese accessories to surfer clothes. Shopping is not great in terminals two and three where the highlights are a Discovery Store and a Sunglasses Hut. Terminal four though is excellent and a private consortium has gotten together to offer a number of fashion labels such as Lacoste and Hugo Boss. And British Airways has just invested a lot of money in terminals 7 to offer even more swanky brands.


Duty-free shopping is located in every terminal except terminal six. Each terminal has a different duty-free free retailer. Terminal one is run by International shops’ which offers high-quality whiskies as well is the usual selection of cigarettes and cosmetics.



With all leading suppliers located at the airport you wiil be spoilt for choice with JFK Airport car hire.


Serves Greater New York and the East coast of America
Terminals 9
Annual Passengers 45 million
Owner The city of New York
Hub for Delta Air lines, American Airlines, Air Polar Cargo, JetBlue Airways, Evergreen International Airlines.
Coordinates 40°38′23″N 073°46′44″W

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