John F. Kennedy International Airport JFK
is the State of New York's primary international airport - serving the City of New York with its five Boroughs. In the last few years it has made extensive improvements to terminals, roadways and inter-terminal transportation. JFK also replaced their inter-terminal buses with the AirTrain, a light rail transit system, offering fast connections to NYC subways and train systems throughout the tri-state areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is its operator (as well as for LaGuardia LGA, Newark EWR).
JFK Airport is located in New York City's Borough of Queens - at its southeastern section on Jamaica Bay - about 12 miles from lower Manhattan - and accessible via I-678 (Van Wyck Expressway); 878 Nassau Expressway and the Belt Parkway.
With four long runways and 58.9 million passengers in 2016, John F. Kennedy International Airport is a hub for American, Delta, & JetBlue airlines, and is served by most national and international airlines, offering direct and connecting flights to all points on the globe.
The on-Airport Ramada Plaza Hotel (Building 144) is a convenient venue for overnight stays (Tel: 718-995-9000). To get to other nearby hotels, take the AirTrain to the Federal Circle station for free shuttles.
The Central Terminal Area (CTA) of Kennedy Airport has six passenger terminals which surround the innerparking facilities of the circle - in the center of which end both JFK Expressway & Van Wyck Expressway. Drivers arriving by car from Van Wyck Expressway will turn left for Terminal 8, and right to Terminals 1 & 2; drivers arriving from JFK Expressway will turn right to Terminal 8, left to Terminals 7 & 5. T1, T2, T4, T5, T7 & T8 are connected by the Airline Terminals Train & the Airtrain. (For terminal details open 'Terminal Maps' and scroll down to the extensive text.)
NOTE: JFK now uses face recognition technology to match a person’s face to their passport photo.
Present & Future Airport Developments:
- Terminal 4:
Under the $1.2B expansion Project of T4, phases 1 and 2 have already been completed.
- JFK's Saarinen/ TWA Flight Center is to be transformed into a luxury 'TWA Flight Center Hotel' with
The current landmark is to become the hotel's lobby with planned museum (focusing on New York City as birthplace of intercontinental travel in the Jet Age). The hotel is to house a huge meeting space, dining facilities and observation deck. Tentative completion is scheduled for 2018.
- Terminal 5:
'Airmall' concessions operator of T5 intends to make considerable investments, and to continue upgrading unique and local New-York-inspired offerings. (To offer travelers some 'green space' - JetBlue Airways, in collaboration with GrowNYC, is building a 24,000 sq.feet 'farm' for organic veggetables - to be used by Terminal 5's retaurants.)
- In Jan. 2017 New York’s Governor A.Cuomo announced a $10B renovation plan - to be completed between late 2018 & 2020 - which includes: - Road access improvements (starting immediately), and - Runways 4R/22L & 13L/31R upgrades - no timeline yet.