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  • Connection from Meridiana FLY to Delta or American Airlines
    Jun 6, 2015
    I will be arriving at 1pm from Sicily to Terminal 1 and thinking about taking a 4 pm flight to Boston. Will I have enough time between customs and getting to where ever Delta or AA is located at JFK?


    Yes, 3 hours should be just about enough time.


  • T1-T5
    May 13, 2015
    Hi I will be arriving at T1 at 10.25am and have a flight from T5 at 1.05pm. These are two seperate tickets and I have 1 checked bag. I plan to check in online for my JetBlue flight so I will only have to drop my bag. I am quite familiar with JFK. Will a 2h40m layover be enough?


    Yes, if your first flight is on-time you should have enough time.


  • check in and go out side
    May 10, 2015
    check in and go out


  • Stopover at JFK for 8 hours
    Apr 16, 2015
    Hi, between travelling from the UK to Brazil, we have a stopover at JFK for 8 hours. We we're thinking of taking the Airbus into Manhattan for a few hours. Can someone tell me what time we would need to arrive back at JFK for? All flights are at same terminal with the same airline. Thanks :-)


    You should be back at JFK 2 hours before your flight to Brazil. So figure an hour from Manhattan to JFK if you're leaving after 7 PM and 90 minutes if you're leaving before 7 PM for when you need to leave Manhattan.


    Great, thanks for replying!


  • connecting FLight
    Apr 13, 2015
    hi, i have a LAS-JFK Flight arriving JFK via JETBLUE at 6:45am then a different ticket with JFK-FLL via JETBLUE as well departing at 9:30am. would the connection time be enough? its a different ticket o i have to pick up and check in my baggage again.


    The JetBlue agent in Las Vegas can probably join your bookings and check your bags through to FLL. Even if you have to claim your bags in JFK, you should have plenty of time.


  • 9 horus layover
    Apr 11, 2015
    hi everyone i have a 9 hours layover in JFK , do i need to reclaim my bags when i get there or it will go to the destination , also is 9 hours enough time to leave the airport and come back and catch the flight thanks


    Where are you flying from? Where are you going? What airline or airlines are you flying? Were tickets purchased together or separately? Can't answer your question unless I have that info.


  • luggage
    Apr 10, 2015
    Hi, I am leaving Madrid to go to Montreal, with a 7h30 layover in JFK. Will I have to pick up my bags since I am not staying in the US? Can I bring back cheese and meat product? If I don t have to pick up my bag, I would go to the city, but if I have to get them, I doubt it will be worthed... thanks


    Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your baggage, and go through US Customs in JFK. No, you cannot bring meat or cheese products. 7 hours is pretty marginal whether it's worth it or not to go in the city anyway as it takes 90 minutes to get into the city from JFK.


  • layover 7 hours
    Apr 9, 2015
    hi i am flying houston to mumbai by ethihad and have 7 hrs layover at jfk airport newyork. cai i leave airport to have a small trip to manhattan


    Yes, you can leave the airport but it is 90 minutes each way from JFK to Manhattan.


  • JFK Jetblue 6hr layover
    Mar 27, 2015
    Hi, I'm going to be flying in from SJU Puerto Rico to LAX, w/a 6hr layover in NY. I want to take the airtrain to the A train heading into Manhattan Fulton st to see my boyfriend. Am I allowed to leave JFK & Will I make it back in time?


    Yes, you are allowed to leave. It will take a little over an hour to get there each way, and you should be back at JFK an hour before your flight to LAX, so you might have 1-2 hours with your boyfriend.


  • Able to head into NYC during layover?
    Mar 14, 2015
    Hi, This summer (August 13th) me and my friend fly from Buenos Aires to Amsterdam and we have a layover in NYC JFK for about 11 hours. We fly with American Airlines. On their website I can't find any info about the possibilities to leave the airport during this layover. Would it be possible to go on a Hop On/Hp Off bus or something to explore some of NYC in between the two flights? We're both Dutch and we'll have a ESTA permit. Hope to get some info! Thanks!


    It will take about 90 minutes to get to or from the city, so you will have about 4-5 hours you can spend in Manhattan. So yes, you could do some sightseeing.


  • Short Layover
    Feb 26, 2015
    I am flying from Barbados on March 15th with Jet Blue flight 662 arriving 7:29pm and connecting to Jet Blue flight 1295 that departs at 8:59pm. There were no other options for me. Is this 1 hour 20 minute layover doable with customs?


    Yes, that should be enough time if your flight from Barbados is on-time. JetBlue now has their own customs facility in Terminal 5 to process your arrival.


  • Connection flight
    Feb 22, 2015
    Hello! I land at JFK this summer into terminal 4 wih delta from London Heathrow. I need to get a connection to Miami, I land at Jfk at 1:30 there is a delta connection at 3:30 in the same terminal or and American airlines connection in a completely different terminal at 4:30. I would rather the delta connection but is it realistic that I will make it? Many thanks!


    Yes, it would be possible. You can check in online for your second flight before you leave London.


    Still, I personally would go with the 4:30.


  • AMM - JFK - SFO - Enough time for connection?
    Feb 4, 2015
    Hi - I am flying from Amman (Jordan) to JFK. I have 1 hr 40 min for a connecting flight to SFO. Is this enough time to clear customs etc and connect? Do I have to recheck my bags? Thanks!


    Yes, you should barely have enough time if both tickets were purchased together. Yes, you will have to claim your bags to go through US Customs.


  • Layover time?
    Feb 3, 2015
    Hi, everyone! :) I'm flying from Tel-Aviv to JFK via El-Al and then taking a connecting flight to Chicago with JetBlue. There's a two-hour window between the flights - will that be enough to make it from Terminal 4 to Terminal 5? Is there anything I should do to prepare beforehand?


  • Arrive JFK 6 am and leave at 9 pm
    Jan 21, 2015
    With a layover like this I would like to get the best idea to see at least one or two sights of NYC. I don't need it to take up 15 hours, just every 6 or 7 hours. Any jump-on-jump-off buses or reasonable taxi rides to see something fun. Because after that it is another 11 hour flight, so want to see something. Since Broadway doesn't do afternoon shows, I am now at a loss. Any ideas?


    I would take the AirTrain into manhattan - A taxi is $60 each way and takes longer. You could do a jump on jump off bus or just get off the train at penn station and walk around. There's lots to see and do. You could go to a museum


    Thank you so much! That's a great idea and I think I'll do it. I work and live in West Africa, so if I can figure out bush taxis, I can figure out a train. Thanks again!


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