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Guide to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is one of three major airports in the New York City metropolitan area. It is the busiest international air passenger gateway in the United States and the sixth busiest in terms of passenger traffic in the United States.

More than 90 airlines operate at JFK Airport, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways, which each use the airport as a hub. It is also a focus city for Caribbean Airlines. Other major carriers that fly to JFK include Aeroméxico, Air France, Avianca, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, El Al, KLM, LAN Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin America.

Passengers can fly between John F. Kennedy International Airport and all six inhabited continents. The busiest international destinations are London, Paris, Santiago, Frankfurt, Santo Domingo, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Rome, São Paulo and Tokyo. The busiest domestic destinations are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, San Juan, Las Vegas, Boston, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Charlotte and Tampa.

Flight status information can be found on the airport's website.

JFK Airport Overview

John F. Kennedy International Airport consists of six terminals with a total of 128 gates, along with four runways:

  • Terminal 1 has 11 gates and is used by more than a dozen international carriers.
  • Terminal 2, which is expected to close in 2015, has seven gates and is used exclusively by Delta Air Lines.
  • Terminal 4 has 26 gates split between two concourses (Concourse A and Concourse B). It is used by Delta, a few SkyTeam alliance carriers, Star Alliance carriers, some international airlines and many carriers that are unaffiliated with airline alliances.
  • Terminal 5 has 29 gates and is used by Aer Lingus, Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue.
  • Terminal 7 has 12 gates and is used by British Airways and other Oneworld alliance members including Cathay Pacific, Iberia and Qantas, as well as United Airlines and ANA.
  • Terminal 8 has 29 gates split between two concourses (Concourse B and Concourse C), and is used by American Airlines, Finnair, LAN, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, TAM Airlines and US Airways.

Passengers can move between terminals via AirTrain or shuttle bus.

Passenger Services & Amenities at John F. Kennedy International Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport has a number of amenities and services available to both passengers and airport visitors. Each terminal has at least one currency exchange and ATM. Wi-fi internet is available in most public areas and access can be purchased on an hourly, daily or monthly basis. The airport also offers a medical clinic, baggage storage, traveler's aid, charging stations, an interfaith chapel, visitor information desks, a USO Center and pet relief area.

Restaurants are plentiful and can be found on both the airside and the landside of most terminals. Dining options run the gamut from fast-food spots to side-down restaurants. Other choices include coffee shops, bars, snack shops and cafes.

There are also a number of retail stores in each terminal, including newsstands, duty-free shops, book stores, electronics shops, beauty stores, clothing stores, gift shops and souvenir stands.

In addition to the USO Center in Terminal 5, there are several lounges available to passengers in premium cabins, as well as lounge members and those who purchase day passes. Air France and Lufthansa have lounges in Terminal 1. Air India, Delta, Emirates and Virgin Atlantic have lounges in Terminal 4. And British Airways has a lounge in Terminal 7.

Ground Transportation at JFK

Passengers arriving at and departing from JFK have a number of ground transportation options, including taxicabs, limousines, buses to points throughout New York City as well as Long Island and the Hudson Valley, and shared-ride shuttle services. The AirTrain connects passengers with the MTA subway and bus system as well as the Long Island Railroad.

If you'd prefer to rent a car, 10 rental car companies have counters on the arrivals level of each terminal: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty.

If you're driving to the airport, there are four lots adjacent to the terminals that offer hourly and daily parking. The economy lot, known as Lot 9, is located about four miles from the terminals.

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