New York Kennedy (JFK) AIRPORT TERMINAL CONNECTIONS DISCUSSION FORUM

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Hi, I am flying in to JFK, catching a connection with Iberia Air to Madrid. I have 3 hours between flights. Will I have to go through customs in order to board my Iberia flight? If so, how much time should I allow for this? I know I will have to change terminals. Thanks!
Where are you flying into JFK from? There is no US Customs when leaving the US.
I am flying in from Austin, TX.
If everything is on the same reservation I recommend 90-120 minutes. If it's two separate reservations I recommend 3 hours.
I have minors flying and am trying to give them detailed instructions while at airport. They fly into terminal 5, luggage will be checked all the way thru to final dest. so can they get to terminal 7 without having to go thru security? And whats the best way for them to get to terminal 7?
There is no way to get from Terminal 5 to Terminal 7 without leaving security. They will have to leave security, follow signs to the airtrain, take it to Terminal 7, walk into Terminal 7, and go through security.
Thank you, very helpful!!
Has anyone have some intimate knowledge of Terminal 1 (or Terminal 8) to help me with some ideas/pathways/etc that'd help me save few minutes here and there?
I was "smart" enough to not realize my two separate tickets are not from the same alliance, so I'll have to pick my bag at Term 8, take an AirTrain to Term 1 (by the way, I believe I can go straight from 8 to 1?), pass security (I do not have TSA Pre) and drop-off my bag.
So, once again, I'm probably looking for some tips, like take stairs/escalators somewhere, some short-cuts and God knows what else to save myself a bit of time :)
Thank you in advance!
The train that you need to take actually goes to all the other terminals first before getting you to 1 (it goes through the terminals on reverse number order - the other train leaves the airport after getting to T8). You check your bag before going through security. There are no short cuts. You realistically need closer to 3 hours.
So no counterclockwise train? That makes it even worse :(
I know, I'm taking my chances :(
Thank you for your reply!
Well, there is a counter clockwise train. You just can't use it to get from Terminal 8 to 1.
If there is counter clockwise train .can we go from terminal 1 to terminal 8? thank you Zap for your help.
I am flying into JFK from Shanghai on the 30th, and have a connecting flight to Nashville. Since I bought this ticket with my frequent flyer miles, I didn't have enough miles to book a multiple destination flight. (So I have a round trip nashville to Shanghai ticket).
A friend happens to be getting married in NYC that weekend. So I was wondering if it is possible for me to just not board my flight to Nashville and stay in NYC (I'd buy a later flight home, of course)? I do have checked luggage, does JFK still require that you re-check your luggage after immigration? Thank you for your help!
Yes, you will still have to claim your luggage to go through US Customs in JFK. then you can just leave the airport. You will of course forfeit any remaining flights on that ticket.
Getting to US does require you to re-check luggage. As for NY-Nashville, I'd have consulted a company you are flying with. Who knows, might be they'll re-schedule you for free? But, in all likelihood, you'll lose that leg.
please advise if passengers in transit ( landing Terminal 7 from Doha, departing Terminal 8 to Costa Rica) have to collect bags in JFK , and check them in again?
Yes, you do. You need a bare minimum of 2 hours for your transfer.
Hi, this July I will be flying into JFK with Air France from Paris as an international traveler, estimating arrival time of 4:25pm. I am currently considering to book a flight ticket from JFK to Cleveland from Delta which will depart at 6:30pm from JFK. But I am worried if two hours are enough for me to make the connection, especially as a foreigner -- to clear the custom, pick up baggage, transfer to the other terminal, and potentially going through custom again, and check into the next flight?
Yes, that is not enough time. You won't have to go through customs twice, but you will have to go through security again in Terminal 4.
HI, My family has booked a trip to Prague in July on Delta. Our flight arrives ATL-JFK at 7:45PM at T4 and we need to transfer to T1 for our outgoing Prague flight that departs at 9:45PM. Both flights are Delta. Do you think this is enough time?
You should be fine. There should be some serious delay at Atlanta for you not to make it.
We will be flying with DELTA (all flights are DELTA) from SFO (San Francisco) to Prague via JFK . Transfer time between flights shows 1h 23m Layover in New York-Kennedy, NY, plane change. Luggage will be picked up at our final destination. Do we have enough time to transfer? I don't have gate info at this time, not sure about the terminal either.

On the flight back - PRG-JFK- SFO - the layover is 1h 35m in New York-Kennedy, plane change as well. However on this trip, we will need to through customs and get our luggage. Delta customer service told me the time is sufficient, but I am a bit hesitant. Pls. HELP. They told me they will put us on next avail flight if we don't make it, but I would rather avoid that.
Yes, you have enough time on the way there - all you have to do on the way to Prague is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. On the way back it is much more difficult, but not impossible.
On the way back, you're likely to miss a plane.
I am flying HEL to JFK and then on to PRG (Prague). Do I have to go through security at JFK?
HEL should be ATL
What airlines are you flying?
Delta Airlines
Then no, you do not have to go through security in JFK. Just go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If you arrive in Terminal 2 there is a shuttle bus inside security to Terminal 4 where you depart.
Hi,

My husband and I are coming back to the States from Zurich in JFK (on Delta) at 1PM. Need to clear custom, pick up checked bags then recheck into a separate domestic flight from JFK to DCA at 3pm. We have the option of buying Delta or AA, both leaves around 3PM. Would 2 hours be enough to do all that?

Thank you in advance!
Do the Delta flight, then you can have them joined into the same reservation and your connection will be much easier.
Thank you ZAP.

I called Delta, they said they cannot link separate tickets but put a note in. I have to talk to the agents in the airport, but usually they will only check the bags through the tickets destination.

Could you please clarify what you mean by "connection will be much easier"? Did you mean not have to pick up checked bags? Would we still need to clear custom at JFK and re-enter for the connection to DCA?

Thank you in advance.
Thank you ZAP.

I called Delta, they said they cannot link separate tickets but put a note in. I have to talk to the agents in the airport, but usually they will only check the bags through the tickets destination.

Could you please clarify what you mean by "connection will be much easier"? Did you mean not have to pick up checked bags? Would we still need to clear custom at JFK and re-enter for the connection to DCA?

Thank you in advance.
It means you won't have to go to a different terminal if you fly Delta to DCA. You will still need to claim your bags to go through US Customs.