New York John F. Kennedy International Airport: Essential Tips & Fun Things to Do

New York John F. Kennedy International Airport

The New York International Airport is also known as John F Kennedy International Airport catering to New York and the New York Metropolitan Region in the New York state, USA. It is the 6th busiest airport in the United States.

This international airport used to go by the name New York Airport when it was opened in 1948 and Idlewild Airport was also the common name of this airport until 1963, after the assassination of President then, John F Kennedy, it was renamed to John F Kennedy International Airport as an act of Tribute to the late President of United States.

This airport is located in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, United States.


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Owners, Operators, and Partners

Owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and it is a Hub for airlines like American Airways, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, and Kalitta Air.


Largest Airline Market Share Holdings at The New York International Airport

(December 2022-November 2023)

Ranks Airlines  Passengers Shares 
1 Delta Air Lines 18379843 29.6%
2 JetBlue 16345561 26.3%
3 American Airlines 7960709 12.8%
4 Alaska Airlines 1286076 2.1%
5 British Airways 1267705 2.0%
6 Air France 1042816 1.7%
7 Virgin Atlantic 1018928 1.6%
8 Avianca 917955 1.5%
9 Emirates  888446 1.4%
10 Air Lingus 634305 1.0%



There are six operating terminals in The New York International Airport. The currently active terminal operating services are T1, T2, T4, T5, T7, and T8. T3 and T6 were demolished for expansion and re-development planning.

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How to reach the New York International Airport



There is a dedicated rail network to the airport, AirTrain JFK stops for you at every passenger terminal




The Q3 bus reaches you at the T3 and the news has been out that the B15, Q3, and Q10 buses will resume service at t5 in 2026 which is now under construction.


Taxi and personal cars are permitted access with the implemented “airport access fee” after 2019. There are 12 Tesla Supercharger points in case you need them.



Payment mode

Fares are paid through OMNY or Metrocard for both bus and train services.


Some Of Airlines and Destinations connecting at the New York International Airport


Aer Lingus Dublin, Manchester (UK), Shannon
Aerolineas Argentines Buenos Aires-Ezieza (ends August 10, 2024)
Aeromexico  Mexico City
Air Canada Express Montreal-Trudeau, Toronto-Pearson
Air China Beijing-Capital
Air Europa Madrid 
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air India Delhi, Mumbai
Air New Zealand Auckland
Air Senegal Dakar-Diass
Air Serbia Belgrade
Alaska Airlines Portland(OR), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma


Seasonal: Anchorage (begins June 13, 2024), Palm Spring

All Nippon Airways Tokyo-Haneda
American Airlines Antigua, Austin, Barcelona, Bermuda, Buenos, Aires-Ezeiza, Cancun, Charlotte, Chicago-O’Hara, Dallas/Fort Worth, Delhi, Georgetown-Cheddi Jagan, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Miai-Malpensa, Montego Bay, Orange County, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Phoenix-Sky Harbor, PuntaCana, St Thomas, San Francisco, Sao Paulo-Guarulhos, Tel Aviv (resumes October 28, 2024), Tokyo-Haneda (resumes June 28, 2024)
American Eagle Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus-Glenn, Indianapolis, Nashville, Norfolk, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Toronto-Pearson, Washington-National, Worcester
Asiana Airlines Seoul- Incheon
Austrian Airlines Vienna 
Avianca Costa Rica San Jose (CR)

Seasonal: San Pedro Sula

Avianca Ecuador Guayaquil, Quito
Avianca El Salvador Guatemala, City, San Salvador
Azores Airlines Funchal, Ponta Delgada, Porto
British Airways London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels
Cape Air Saranac Lake/ Lake Placid
Caribbean Airlines Georgetown- Cheddi Jagan, Kingston-Norman Manley, Montego Bay, Port Of Spain, St. Vincent- Argyle, Tobago
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Cayman Airways Grand Cayman
China Airlines Taiei-Taoyuan


Passenger Traffic Volume


        Annual Passenger statistics
Year  Passengers
2009 45877942
2010 46515060
2011 47643477
2012 49273824
2013 50451822
2014 53220426
2015 56884730
2016 59103472
2017 59488982
2018 61636235
2019 62571463
2020 16630642
2021 30788322
2022 55287711
2023 62440306



In Case Of A Long Layover, Pause!


  • Get a Grab of Glup

There are many ways to forget the long pause layovers stuck inside the walls of airports and one of them is Drink, any kind you may prefer because the New York International Airport has covered every kind for you.

  • Unlimited Internet Access 

For as long as you are under the airport’s custody, you can get access to their provided wifi service and lose yourself in your own internet realm. It is no longer a boring mundane layover now, is it?

  • Decompress at Lounge

You may get yourself a day pass at the JFK lounges at 40$ and you will be granted access regardless of the class your ticket is. Lounges are the best place to decompress all the stress accumulated while traveling a long journey at every part of your body or brain muscles. Never underestimate the power of lounges!

  • Why should adults have all the fun?

There are kids’ Fun-Zone that will become your nanny or daycare center for the amount of time you are paused there.

  • Therapeutic Duty-Free Retail

Your wife’s favorite alley at the airport or your husband’s Time-To-Check-out-Some-Gadget alley, either way, it can never go wrong to spend some time and if your pocket permits, some spending, too.

  • The JFK International Airport serves a wide range of continental foods. You name it, they get it for you!
  • Spa Services

Terminals 1, 4, and 7 have Spa Service Providers to make you waste no time idly at the airport and make the time useful to pamper yourself.



Fun Fact:

Did you know the New York International Airport is where Tom Hanks’ character in the movie The Terminal got stranded for six months? Yes, it is true.


Experience the best of the JFK, International Airport, New York.

Welcome to New York, a Place of Diversity and Opportunity, and it has been waiting for you.


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