John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Airport in New York, United States


John F. Kennedy International Airport , often referred simply JFK, is the primary international airport serving New York City.

JFK is one of the busiest airports worldwide and also the busiest airport in the USA in terms of international passenger traffic.Over ninety airlines operate out of the airport, with non-stop or direct flights to destinations in all six inhabited continents.

JFK is located in the neighborhood of Jamaica in the New York City borough of Queens, 12 miles (20 km) southeast of Lower Manhattan. The airport features six passenger terminals and four runways. It serves as a hub for American Airlines and Delta Air Lines and is the primary operating base for JetBlue Airways.

Landing or taking off from JFK has been much improved in recent years by the addition of the multibillion-dollar Bay Runway, but due to sheer volume, it remains the worst airport in the country in terms of flight delays. If possible, do not connect using JFK, especially when switching terminals. If you must connect via JFK, make sure you have sufficient time: For connections from domestic (US or Canada) flights to other destinations in the US or Canada, allow 2–3 hours; for transfers from domestic to international destinations, allow 3–4 hours; for international to domestic, 3–5 hours; and for international to international, 3–6 hours. International travelers other than those from Canada, Bermuda or Visa-Waiver Program countries are most strongly advised to avoid connecting in JFK to other international flights, as the security and immigration procedures for non-US citizens are monumentally time-consuming and tiresome.

Opened as New York International Airport in 1948, it was commonly known as Idlewild Airport before being renamed in 1963 in memory of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, following his assassination.

Airlines & Destinations

With six terminals, the airlines that serve JFK are spread across the airport. Delta Airlines operates a major international hub out of Terminals 2 and 4, while American Airlines has a hub in Terminal 8. Terminal 5 serves as the base of operations for low-cost carrier JetBlue. Most of the international airlines which serve JFK are split between Terminals 1 and 4, though there are also some operating out of Terminals 5, 7, and 8.

  • Terminal 1: International terminal, served by Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air China, Air France, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Azerbaijan Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Cayman Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Dynamic Airways, EVA Air, Fly Jamaica Airways, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia, TAME, and Turkish Airlines
  • Terminal 2: Delta Air Lines (except international flights, and flights to Seattle/Tacoma, Los Angeles, and San Francisco)
  • Terminal 4: JFK's newest international terminal, served by Air Europa, Air India, Arik Air, Asiana Airlines, Avianca, Caribbean Airlines, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Copa Airlines, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Etihad Airways, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, Singapore Airlines, SkyGreece Airlines, South African Airways, Sun Country Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Transaero, Uzbekistan Airways, Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris, WestJet, and XL Airways France, as well as all Delta international and some domestic flights
  • Terminal 5 (TWA Flight Center): JetBlue Airways, Aer Lingus, and Hawaiian Airlines
  • Terminal 7: Aerolineas Argentinas, All Nippon Airways, British Airways, Iberia, Icelandair, Interjet, LOT Polish, OpenSkies, Qantas, and Ukraine International Airlines
  • Terminal 8: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Air Berlin, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, LATAM Airlines (formerly LAN & TAM Airlines), Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian.

With the exception of Terminal 2, all the terminals at JFK have customs and immigration facilities to process the arrival of international flights.

Aer LingusDublin
Aer Lingus
operated by ASL Airlines IrelandSeasonal: Shannon
Aerolíneas ArgentinasBuenos Aires–Ezeiza
AeroméxicoMexico City
Aeroméxico ConnectMonterrey
Air BerlinBerlin–Tegel, Düsseldorf
Air ChinaBeijing–Capital
Air EuropaMadrid
Air FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Air IndiaDelhi, Mumbai
Air SerbiaBelgrade
Alaska AirlinesPortland (OR) (begins November 6, 2017), Seattle/Tacoma
AlitaliaMilan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino
All Nippon AirwaysTokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita
American AirlinesAntigua, Austin, Barcelona, Bermuda, Boston, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cancún, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles–International, Madrid, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Port-au-Prince, Providenciales, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, St. Thomas, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan (ends August 21, 2017), São Paulo–Guarulhos, Seattle/Tacoma, Washington–National, Zürich
Seasonal: Dublin, Eagle/Vail, Edinburgh, Manchester (UK), Punta Cana, Rome–Fiumicino, St. Kitts, St. Maarten
American EagleBaltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Indianapolis, Montréal–Trudeau, Nashville, Norfolk, Pittsburgh, Raleigh/Durham, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–National
Asiana AirlinesSeoul–Incheon
Austrian AirlinesVienna
AviancaBogotá, Cali, Cartagena, Medellín-JMC, Pereira
Avianca Costa RicaSan Salvador
Avianca El SalvadorSan Pedro Sula, San Salvador
Azerbaijan AirlinesBaku
British AirwaysLondon–Citya, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow
Brussels AirlinesBrussels
Caribbean AirlinesGeorgetown–Cheddi Jagan, Kingston–Norman Manley, Montego Bay, Port of Spain, Tobago
Cathay PacificHong Kong, Vancouver
Cayman AirwaysGrand Cayman
China AirlinesTaipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern AirlinesShanghai–Pudong
China Southern AirlinesGuangzhou
Copa AirlinesPanama City
Delta Air LinesAccra, Amsterdam, Aruba, Atlanta, Austin, Barcelona, Bermuda, Boston, Brussels, Cancún, Charleston (SC), Dakar, Dallas/Fort Worth (begins April 3, 2018), Denver, Detroit, Dublin, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Havana, Las Vegas, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles–International, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay, Nassau, New Orleans, Orlando, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Portland (OR), Punta Cana, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão (begins December 21, 2017), Rome–Fiumicino, St. Maarten, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Seattle/Tacoma, St. Thomas, Tampa, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Zürich
Seasonal: Athens, Bangor, Berlin–Tegel, Cincinnati, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Fort Myers, Glasgow, Grenada, Honolulu, Jackson Hole, Lisbon, Málaga, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Nice, Prague, Providenciales, San José del Cabo, Shannon, St. Kitts (begins December 23, 2017), Stockholm–Arlanda, Vancouver, Venice–Marco Polo, Washington–National, West Palm Beach
Delta ConnectionBaltimore, Bangor, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville (FL), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montréal–Trudeau, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME) (begins September 10, 2017), Quebec City, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Rochester (NY), Savannah, Syracuse, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National
Seasonal: Charleston (SC), Fort Myers, Halifax, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Tampa, West Palm Beach
Dynamic AirwaysGeorgetown–Cheddi Jagan
Seasonal: Guayaquil
El AlTel Aviv–Ben Gurion
EmiratesDubai–International, Milan–Malpensa
Etihad AirwaysAbu Dhabi
EVA AirTaipei–Taoyuan
Fly Jamaica AirwaysGeorgetown–Cheddi Jagan, Kingston–Norman Manley
Hainan AirlinesChongqing (begins October 20, 2017)
Hawaiian AirlinesHonolulu
InterjetCancún, Mexico City
Japan AirlinesTokyo–Haneda, Tokyo–Narita
JetBlue AirwaysAguadilla, Albuquerque, Antigua, Aruba, Austin, Barbados, Bermuda, Boston, Buffalo, Burbank, Burlington (VT), Cancún, Cartagena, Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Curaçao, Daytona Beach, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Havana, Houston–Hobby, Jacksonville (FL), Kingston–Norman Manley, La Romana, Las Vegas, Liberia (CR), Long Beach, Los Angeles–International, Montego Bay, Nassau, New Orleans, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Ponce, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Providenciales, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Reno/Tahoe, Rochester (NY), Sacramento, St. Lucia–Hewanorra, St. Maarten, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Sarasota, Savannah, Seattle/Tacoma, Syracuse, Tampa, Washington–Dulles, West Palm Beach
Seasonal: Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Palm Springs
Korean AirSeoul–Incheon
Kuwait AirwaysKuwaitb
LATAM BrasilSão Paulo–Guarulhos
LATAM ChileLima, Santiago de Chile
LATAM EcuadorGuayaquil
LOT Polish AirlinesBudapest (begins May 3, 2018), Warsaw–Chopin
LOT Polish Airlines
operated by EuroAtlantic AirwaysWarsaw–Chopin (ends July 29, 2017)
LufthansaFrankfurt, Munich
MeridianaSeasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Palermo
Norwegian Air ShuttleSeasonal: Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Long HaulCopenhagen, London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Stockholm–Arlanda
Pakistan International AirlinesLahorec
Philippine AirlinesManila, Vancouver
Qatar AirwaysDoha
Royal Air MarocCasablanca
Royal JordanianAmman–Queen Alia
SaudiaJeddah, Riyadh
Singapore AirlinesFrankfurt, Singapore
South African AirwaysJohannesburg–O. R. Tambo
Sun Country AirlinesMinneapolis/St. Paul
Swiss International Air LinesGeneva, Zürich
TAP PortugalLisbon
Thomas Cook AirlinesManchester (UK)
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul–Atatürk
Ukraine International AirlinesKiev–Boryspil
Uzbekistan AirwaysRiga e, Tashkent
Virgin AmericaLas Vegas, Los Angeles–International, San Francisco
Seasonal: Fort Lauderdale, Palm Springs
Virgin AtlanticLondon–Heathrow, Manchester (UK)
VolarisGuadalajara, Mexico City
XL Airways FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle


To get to the city you can choose between bus (slow and cheap), Airtrain plus subway or train (less painful, but more expensive), many shuttle services (costing around $25) or a cab ($52). With the waiting time for taxis and traffic, train is often the fastest option.

JFK is located in Queens, some 12 miles southeast of Lower Manhattan. From the Financial District, it is accessible via the Williamsburg Bridge, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the Long Island Expressway, and finally the Van Wyck Expressway. From Midtown Manhattan, take the Queens Midtown Tunnel onto the Queens Midtown Expressway, which eventually continues onto the Long Island Expressway, from which you can turn off onto the Van Wyck Expressway towards JFK.

To travel between the city and JFK:

  • MTA NYC Bus - costing $2.50 (with MetroCard, $2.75 single-ride ticket), these are the cheapest methods of transport, although the slowest to Manhattan. The buses depart from a new ramp near Terminal 5 (signs inside Terminal 5 will point the way). These buses have little room for luggage and go to non-touristy neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn. However, they offer connections to the subway and Long Island Railroad. Note that free transfers between bus and subway are available only with a MetroCard; the single ride ticket does not allow free transfers. Coins (not bills) are needed to board the buses without a MetroCard. MetroCards are sold at Hudson Newsstands in Terminals 1 and 5. If the newsstands are closed and you would like to spend 30 minutes to save $2.50, take the Airtrain to the Howard Beach Station where you can buy a multiple ride Metrocard from the vending machines without leaving the station (free). Then take the Airtrain back one stop to the Lefferts Boulevard station, where you can cross the street for the Q10 and B15 buses. (The signage here is not as good as in Terminal 5.) Bus to subway/LIRR transfers include:
    • Q10 to:
      • Ozone Park-Lefferts Blvd (20 minutes): A train
      • Jamaica Avenue and Lefferts Blvd: J and Z trains (walk 3 blocks east to 121st Street Station)
      • Kew Gardens (30 minutes): Transfer here to the Long Island Railroad (Kew Gardens Station) with service to Penn Station ($6.50 peak, $4.50 off-peak, $3.75 weekend with CityTicket), Brooklyn, and Long Island. While this option is cheaper than taking the AirTrain to Jamaica and connecting there to the LIRR, LIRR service from here is much less frequent than LIRR service from Jamaica.
      • Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike (35 minutes): E and F trains. During rush hours, from this stop, you can take express buses X63, X64, X68, QM18, and QM21 to Manhattan. While these routes are slower and more expensive than taking the subway, they do offer a ride on cloth seats without the crowding. Ask where the bus stops are located. One ride on an express bus costs $6.00, but it is $3.50 as step-up fare if you transfer from the Q10 bus and pay for both with a MetroCard.
    • Q3 to:
      • Jamaica-179th Street (45 minutes): F train
    • B15 to:
      • Ashford Street & New Lots Avenue (30 minutes): 3 train.
      • Van Sinderen Ave & New Lots Avenue (35 minutes): L train.
      • Fulton Street & Kingston-Throop Avenues (60 minutes): C train.
      • Flushing Avenue and Broadway: J train all times except weekdays 7AM-1PM towards Manhattan & 1PM-8PM away from Manhattan, M train weekdays

Note that transfers from the B15 to the subway are in some of Brooklyn's roughest neighborhoods, so this route is not recommended at night or for people unfamiliar with the city.

  • JFK AirTrain - a people mover system that runs 24 hours daily, connecting all airline terminals, Lefferts Blvd Station (airport parking) and the Federal Circle Station (Car rental & hotel shuttles) for free and $5 to enter and to leave through the Howard Beach & Jamaica Stations. The AirTrain runs service to Howard Beach Station to connect with the 'A' train to Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, and Jamaica Station to connect with the 'E' Train to Queens and Lower Manhattan, the 'J' and 'Z' trains to Brooklyn Lower Manhattan, and the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station ($15), Brooklyn, or Long Island. Elevators are available at Jamaica and Penn Stations. Total time to Manhattan using the subway is 60 minutes; using the Long Island Railroad is 35 minutes. This is sometimes faster than taking a taxi. If you do go to Jamaica and want to reach downtown, the J/Z run above ground over a scenic route passing over the Williamsburg Bridge albeit through some rough neighborhoods, are marginally faster than the E and can be much less crowded during peak times than the E. During AM rush towards Manhattan and PM rush away from it, the 'J' and 'Z' do skip-stop service, meaning that some stations are served by one of these trains. Keep this in mind if you are waiting at one of those stations. If returning to the airport on the A train, make sure the destination signs read Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park. Trains to Lefferts Blvd. do not connect directly to the airport! If you board the wrong train, transfer at any station at or before Rockaway Blvd, or. If you forget and overshoot, go to the end of the line and either go back to Rockaway Boulevard and transfer for a Rockaway Park- or Far Rockaway-bound A train, or take the Q10 bus directly to the airport. As with the 'J' and 'Z' trains, when taking the A train during the overnight hours, be alert of your surroundings as the train passes through some rough neighborhoods.
  • New York City Airporter Bus - provides services to/from Grand Central Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal for $16 one-way, $29 round-trip (return ticket). Buses depart every 20–30 minutes and the trip to Grand Central Terminal can take up to 90 minutes. The stops in the airport from the city are Terminals 7, 8, 1, 2, 4, 5. If, in a rush and the flight is in Terminal 5, it is recommended to walk, as it only takes 5 minutes from Terminal 7. From the airport, the terminal order is 5, 7, 8, 1, 2, 4. It is recommended to take this service on off-peak hours for a quick, pleasant trip. Note that while the schedule online shows stops at Penn Station, the bus does not go there until 8PM; however, there is a free connecting service between Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal using either an NYC Airporter van or a SuperShuttle van.
  • SuperShuttle - blue vans provide door-to-door service to Manhattan hotels for about $25.
  • Go Airlink Shuttle - Shared van service to or from most of Manhattan for $17–20 one way. 10% discount for online booking.
  • Mozio - Online booking for Shared Shuttles, Taxis and both discount car services and limousines.
  • Taxi - The most flexible route into the city from JFK is a taxi, although the wait for one can be long when many flights arrive simultaneously. Taxi fare runs a flat $52 (+$.50 MTA tax) to anywhere in Manhattan, not including tolls (up to $5.50) or tips, which total up the bill to anywhere from $65 to $70. Taxis to points other than Manhattan and taxis to the airport from anywhere use the meter (see taxis in Getting Around). During peak periods, you may have to wait up to 30 minutes for a taxi. The arrivals terminals are filled with drivers hawking illegal livery rides - if you want to take one of these, be sure to negotiate the fare in advance and make sure that it is cheaper than the taxi fare noted above. This also saves the wait in the taxi line. In general, though, it is not recommended if you are unfamiliar with the city, as these drivers tend to increase the price at the end of the trip through different excuses.
  • Car Service/Limousines - An alternative to taxis, car services are useful for getting to the airport from the outer boroughs where taxis are harder to find, or if you prefer to have transportation reserved in advance. Typically $52+ between JFK and Manhattan, you can compare prices on

Get around

The free AirTrain connects the terminals.

Within terminals, if your flight leaves from or arrives at a high-numbered gate, consider using a free motorized shuttle, especially if you are carrying heavy or bulky luggage or would otherwise have trouble walking long distances. Some gates are really quite far from the security check area and the baggage claim area. Drivers do not expect to be tipped for driving you.


JFK has six terminals, containing 128 gates, numbered 1–8 but skipping terminals 3 (demolished in 2013) and 6 (demolished in 2011).

The terminal buildings, with the exception of the former Tower Air terminal, are arranged in a deformed U-shaped wavy pattern around a central area containing parking, a power plant and other airport facilities. The terminals are connected by the AirTrain system and access roads. Directional signage throughout the terminals was designed by Paul Mijksenaar. A 2006 survey by J.D. Power and Associates in conjunction with Aviation Week found JFK ranked second in overall traveller satisfaction among large airports in the United States, behind McCarran International Airport, which serves the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Until the early 1990s, each terminal was known by the primary airline that served it, except for Terminal 4, which was known as the International Arrivals Building. In the early 1990s, all of the terminals were given numbers except for the Tower Air terminal, which sat outside the Central Terminals area and was not numbered. Like in the other airports controlled by the Port Authority, terminals are sometimes managed and maintained by independent terminal operators. At JFK, all terminals are currently managed by airlines or consortiums of the airlines serving them, with the exception of the Schiphol Group-operated Terminal 4. All terminals except Terminal 2 can handle international arrivals that are not pre-cleared.

Most inter-terminal connections require passengers to exit security, then walk, use a shuttle-bus or using the AirTrain JFK to get to the other terminal, then re-clear security.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 was opened in 1998, 50 years after the opening of JFK, at the direction of the Terminal One Group, a consortium of four key operating carriers: Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and Lufthansa. This partnership was founded after the four airlines reached agreement that the then-existing international carrier facilities were inadequate for their needs. Mostly European and some Asian and African carriers land at Terminal 1, such as Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, EVA Air, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, and Saudia. It was designed by William Nicholas Bodouva + Associates. Terminal 1, along with Terminal 4, is one of two terminals at JFK Airport that has the capability to handle the Airbus A380 aircraft, which are flown by Air France on the route from Paris–Charles De Gaulle, Lufthansa on the route from Frankfurt Airport and Korean Air on the route from Seoul–Incheon. Air France operated Concorde here until 2003. Terminal 1 has 11 gates.

Terminal 2

Terminal 2 opened in 1962 as the home of Northeast Airlines, Braniff and Northwest Airlines, and is now exclusively used and operated by Delta Air Lines. After the demise of Northeast Airlines and Braniff, the building was taken over by Pan American World Airways and subsequently by Delta. Since the opening of the Terminal 4 addition in May 2013, Terminal 2 has been designated as the "C" gates by Delta and has 11 Jetway-equipped gates (C60-C70). Terminal 2 houses the majority of Delta's domestic operations.

Terminal 4

Terminal 4 was developed by LCOR, Inc and is managed by JFK International Air Terminal (IAT) LLC, a subsidiary of the Schiphol Group. This terminal serves as a major international hub for Delta Air Lines and was the first one in the United States to be managed by a foreign airport operator. It also serves as the main terminal for mostly Asian (including all the Middle Eastern carriers except Saudia and Qatar Airways) airlines, and some African and European airlines. Terminal 4 is the major gateway for international arrivals at JFK. Opened in 2001 and designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the 1,500,000-square-foot (140,000 m2) building was built at a cost of $1.4 billion and replaced JFK's old International Arrivals Building or simply IAB, which opened in 1957. The terminal was expanded in the late 2000s and early 2010s. The first phase of Delta's $1.4 billion project at the airport—which includes nine new international gates, additional baggage space, a centralized security checkpoint (moving two checkpoints into one location just after check-in), and customs and border-security facilities—was completed on May 24, 2013. Terminal 4 also serves many international airlines daily, including few Skyteam airlines and the majority of Star and non-aligned airlines.

Terminal 4 has 38 gates in two concourses: A2–A7, B18, B22–B55 with the exclusion of B40, B50 and B52. As of 2013, Delta and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to an additional $175 million phase II expansion, which allowed Delta to construct 11 regional jet gates at Terminal 4, as well. The agreement allowed Delta to eliminate a proposed physical connection it has previously planned to build with its existing Terminal 2 and instead close T2 eventually. The work on the Delta hub has completed as of January 2015, with funding primarily from $900 million in special-project bonds. Delta sought funding for the regional jet expansion from the New York City Industrial Development Agency.

As Terminal 4 was built during the construction of the AirTrain, the AirTrain station was built inside the terminal building. Other AirTrain stations are built across from terminal buildings. Delta Air Lines has also moved much of its operations to T4, as it expands operations beyond T2, with T3 now closed. Concourse A serves as the stopping location for Asian and some European airlines, whereas Concourse B is made up of Delta flights, and a number of Asian and some European airlines.

Like Terminal 1, it is Airbus A380-compatible and Asiana Airlines (to Seoul), Emirates (to Dubai; both non-stop and one-stop flights via Milan), Etihad Airways (to Abu Dhabi) and Singapore Airlines (to Singapore via Frankfurt) currently use Terminal 4 for their Airbus A380s. A variety of other airlines from across the globe as well as SkyTeam and Star Alliance utilize the terminal as well.

Terminal 5

Terminal 5 opened in 2008 for JetBlue Airways, the manager and primary (then only) tenant of the building and serves as the base of their large JFK hub. This particular terminal handles (except for Aer Lingus flights to Ireland and TAP Portugal flights to Lisbon) exclusively North American regional flights—American domestic flights, Caribbean flights and Hawaiian Airlines flights to Honolulu, Hawaii. The terminal was re-designed by Gensler and constructed by Turner Construction, and it is known for its many gift shops and gourmet restaurants, including a steak house and a sushi restaurant. It sits behind the preserved Eero Saarinen-designed terminal originally known as the TWA Flight Center, which is now connected to the new structure and is considered part of T5. Currently closed for refurbishment, the Saarinen building is planned to reopen in 2018 as a hotel. Saarinen also designed the terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport. The active T5 building (including the international arrivals section named T5i) has 29 gates (26 until November 2014): 1–12 and 14–30 (with gates 25–30 handling international flights that are not precleared; gates 28–30 opened in November 2014). The terminal is also used by Hawaiian Airlines, which partnered with JetBlue and began service in Terminal 5 in June 2012, and Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus, whose flights arriving into JFK have already been pre-cleared in Ireland. Aer Lingus previously used Terminal 4 prior to the introduction of preclearance in Ireland, moving to T5 on April 3, 2013. On November 12, 2014, JetBlue opened the International Arrivals Concourse (T5i) at the terminal. TAP Portugal has used Terminal 5 since reinstating its JFK–Lisbon service on July 1, 2016. Airspace Lounge opened an airport lounge near Gate 24 in July 2013 and Aer Lingus opened an airport lounge in 2015. In August 2016, AIRMALL USA was selected by JetBlue as the concessions developer to help attract and manage concessions tenants that align with JetBlue’s vision for T5.

Terminal 7

Terminal 7 was designed by GMW Architects and built for BOAC and Air Canada in 1970. Currently operated by British Airways, it is also the only airport terminal operated by a foreign carrier on US soil, although Terminal 1 is operated by a consortium of foreign carriers serving the building. A handful of Oneworld alliance carriers operate out of Terminal 7 at this time, including IAG carriers British Airways, Open Skies and Iberia, and Qantas. Other airlines operating out of Terminal 7 include Star Alliance carriers ANA and LOT Polish Airlines as well as Aerolíneas Argentinas, Icelandair and Ukraine International Airlines.

Between 1989 and 1991, the terminal was renovated and expanded at a cost of $120 million. The expansion was designed by William Nicholas Bodouva + Associates, Architects. In 1997, the Port Authority approved British Airways' plans to renovate and expand the terminal. The $251 million project was designed by Corgan Associates and was completed in 2003. The renovated terminal has 12 gates. In 2008, British Airways unveiled a $30 million, 18-month-long project to enhance its premium ground facilities at the terminal.

British Airways is currently evaluating the future of Terminal 7, as its lease with the Port Authority ended in 2015. After the alliance between British Airways/Iberia and American Airlines was finalized in 2010, American began talks to move British Airways and Iberia into an expanded Terminal 8. British Airways temporarily moved one of its flights to Terminal 8 in March 2013 due to ongoing renovation work in Terminal 7.

United Airlines was a major operator out of Terminal 7 until operations from JFK were discontinued on October 24, 2015. There are currently plans to make Terminal 7 a Oneworld hub, as most of its airlines are currently members of the alliance.

Terminal 8

In 1999, American Airlines began an eight-year program to build the largest passenger terminal at JFK, designed by DMJM Aviation to replace both Terminal 8 and Terminal 9. The new terminal was built in four phases, which involved the construction of a new midfield concourse and demolition of old Terminals 8 and 9. It was opened in stages between 2005 and its "official" opening in August 2007. It is a major Oneworld hub and American Airlines is the main Oneworld carrier at Terminal 8. American Airlines is the largest carrier in and manager of the terminal and is the third largest carrier at JFK. Some Oneworldairlines that operate out of Terminal 8 include Air Berlin, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, LATAM Brasil, LATAM Chile, Qatar Airways, and Royal Jordanian Airlines. Alaska Airlines, another airline partner with American Airlines, also operates out of Terminal 8. Cathay Pacificmoved to Terminal 8 from Terminal 7 on January 15, 2017. On April 25, 2017, it was announced that Alaska Airlines will move from Terminal 8 to Terminal 7 in October 2017.

The terminal is twice the size of Madison Square Garden. It offers dozens of retail and food outlets, 84 ticket counters, 44 self-service kiosks, 10 security checkpoint lanes and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility that can process more than 1,600 people an hour. Terminal 8 has an annual capacity of 12.8M passengers. It has two American Airlines Admirals Clubs and a Flagship Lounge for premium class passengers.

Terminal 8 has 29 gates: 12 gates in Concourse B (1–8, 10, 12, 14 and 16) and 17 gates in Concourse C (31–47).Gate 31 is further subdivided into 5 regional service gates for small jets, 31A–31E. Gate 32 is subdivided into 4 regional service gates for small jets, 32F–32I. The total number of jetbridges is, therefore, 36. Passenger access to Concourse C is by an underground tunnel that includes moving walkways.

Accommodation & Hotels

While there aren't any hotels on the grounds of JFK, plenty of chain motels of all service levels are located just past the edge of the airport in the neighborhood of Jamaica, with most running shuttle buses to/from the airport. Hotel shuttles pick up from the Federal Circle station on the Jamaica and Howard Beach AirTrain lines, which is free within the airport.

If you're really short on cash, sleeping in the airport is an option, although not an overly pleasant one. Seating can be limited depending on which terminal you're in, the terminals can get cold (so bring a sweater at the very least) and while the cleaning staff generally won't bother you, their loud machines can wake you up. If you're worried about your bags getting stolen, luggage storage is available for a fee in Terminals 1 and 4, although the one in Terminal 4 is the only one open 24 hours a day, in case you need to access your bags before 7AM.

Coffee & Restaurants

All terminals have extensive choices for food post-security. Only Terminal 1, however, has a dedicated food court pre-security, with many well-known chains such as Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's and Sbarro's.

Taxi information

Safety Tip: Ignore offers of transportation from solicitors in the terminal. Soliciting of ground transportation is illegal and many illegal solicitors are unlicensed and uninsured. To obtain ground transportation information, please visit the Port Authority Welcome Center located in the arrivals area of each terminal, where uniformed staff will be happy to assist you. Alternately, you may head directly for the taxi stand located outside each terminal for safe and legitimate transportation. Ignore non-uniformed people offering to assist with baggage. Seek out uniformed porters or airline employees for baggage assistance.

JFK Taxi Information:

Important Tips:

  • Tipping is customary for good service.
  • Taxis at JFK Airport charge a flat fare of $52 for trips between the airport and Manhattan. Taxis impose a $4.50 surcharge during peak hours (4-8 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays), for a fare of $56.50.
  • There is also a NY State tax of 50 cents added to trips within New York, but not for trips to NJ.
  • One fare pays for all passengers to one destination.
  • Four passengers (five in minivans) is the limit for New York City cabs.
  • Meter must read $3.00 at the start of the trip (except for JFK-Manhattan $52 Flat Fare trips).
  • Please take your receipt.

Sample Fares from John F. Kennedy International Airport:

These samples do not include tolls or tips.

Between JFK and Manhattan -- Flat Fare is $52 to the first destination (plus tolls and tip).  The taximeter and receipt should reflect that this trip is a flat fare.  There is no $1 peak time or 50-cent night surcharge for these trips.

TripFare Range
Between Terminals$ 4 - $14
To the Bronx
Co-op City
The Hub (149th& 3rd Ave.)
$52 - $57
$48 - $53
$63 - $68
To Brooklyn
Coney Island
$59 - $64
$42 - $47
To Queens
Citi Field
Main St. & 60th Ave.
$28 - $33
$24 - $29
To Staten Island
New Dorp Lane
Victory Boulevard
$67 - $72
$74 - $79
To LaGuardia Airport$34 - $39
To Newark Liberty International Airport$97 - $102  (+$17.50  surcharge)
Flat Manhattan Fare
(Does not include tolls, tip)

Nassau/Westchester, NY: The amount on the meter from JFK to NYC boundary PLUS double the amount from the city boundary to final destination.

Connecticut/Suffolk/New Jersey/north and west of Westchester County: Price is negotiated between passsenger and driver at the start of the trip.

*Flat Fare Policy: If passengers request multiple destinations within Manhattan, the fare is $52 to the first passenger's destination.  Thereafter, the meter will be engaged and a new trip and fare occurs.

Taxis are regulated by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission

For taxi compliments, complaints and lost property, call 311.

Taxis are regulated by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Taxishare Services: To reduce costs, passengers traveling to similar destinations may also share taxi rides. Connect easily with other travelers going your way using Bandwagon, the taxisharing app. Download the free Bandwagon app here and request a taxishare upon landing, or just look for Bandwagon's taxisharing agents at terminal taxi lines during peak travel periods (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday afternoons and evenings).


Internet, Comunication

Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport provided by Boingo, but at various prices. In Terminal 8, for example, Boingo gives users 30 minutes of free usage at 5 Mbits/second, and upon expiry charges for additional usage as a day pass or a recurring monthly charge. However, if one clears the web browser cookies and cache related to the "Boingo" domain, you can keep signing up for more free 30 minute sessions.

You can buy a pay as you go plan for $4.95 or a Day Pass with unlimited access $7.95. If you're willing to buy a Day Pass and know you'll be staying in JFK more than a few days within the month, you could also buy a month pass for only $9.95. JetBlue offers free Wi-Fi in Terminal 5, although there are no outlets there for you to charge your device.

WiFi Instructions

  • Select the "Boingo Hotspot" network from your Settings or Network Preference menu.
  • Launch your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc.). Note: You may need to load a new URL to prompt the Wi-Fi access page to load. You can do this by browsing to your favorite website.
  • You will be redirected to the Wi-Fi access page. Once on the page, select “Get Online Now”
  • Select the “Complimentary Wi-Fi offer courtesy of our sponsors” and enjoy.

Things to know

  • Left luggage services are available in the arrivals areas of Terminal 1 and Terminal 4 and cost $4–16 per bag per day, depending on size.
  • There are plenty of ATMs, but almost all charge a $2–3 fee per withdrawal.
  • Luggage trolleys are available either for a fee of $5 in Terminals 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 or free in Terminals 1 and 4.
  • If you're lucky enough to be flying Delta or Korean Air, they offer showers in their lounges.

Currency Exchange

Terminal 1 - Lenlyn Ltd. Ice Currency - Post Security - 718 751-2936

Terminal 2 - Travelex Currency Services, Inc. - Post Security - 718 553-2902

Terminal 3 - Travelex Currency Services, Inc. - Post Security - 718 656-8616

Terminal 4 - Travelex Currency Services, Inc. - Pre Security - 718 656-1802

Terminal 5 - Travelex Currency Services, Inc. - Pre Security

Terminal 7 - Travelex Currency Services, Inc. - Post Security - 718 656-4110

Terminal 8 - Travelex Currency Services, Inc. - Pre Security

Building 72 (South Service Road of the Van Wyck Expressway) - Citibank - 718 244-7866