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  • Tel Aviv to JFK to Barbados (Bridgetown)
    Dec 9, 2012
    3
    I am taking an El Al flight to JFK that gets into Terminal 4 and then I will take another international flight to Bridgetown on American Airlines that leaves from Terminal 8. Will I (an American citizen) or my boyfriend (an Israeli citizen) have to go through customs while we are in JFK? How do we make sure our bags go all the way through?

     

    All international arrivals at US airports, regardless of citizenship, need to go through passport control, pick up bags, go through customs clearance (where indicated) and - if continuing journey - re-check-in bags. You need to find out if El Al will transfer bags to AA connecting flight - if not, you need, after customs clearance, take your bag along and check it in at T8's Departure Level, at the AA counter. In either case you will transfer via Airtrain serving all terminals and coming around every 8 mins on average. The Airtrain (follow signs) serves only pre-security areas - at T8 you need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate.

     

    This is true even if we are only landing in JFK to switch to another international flight out of the United States?

     

    Yes, everybody coming into the US on an international flight has to clear immigration & customs

     

  • Transit visa
    Dec 10, 2012
    2
    My son will take a flight from Toronto to Doha-Qatar by AA and will have a connection flight in JFK where he will arrive at terminal 8 and leave from terminal 4. Does he need a transit visa?

     

    At Toronto Pierson Airport he should go through US customs clearance. At JFK, on arrival, he needs to follow "Airtrain" sign which connects all JFK terminals in the non-secured areas. On arrival at T4, he needs to go through security check before proceeding to his connecting gate. He needs to make sure that AA will transfer bags to connecting airline, if he uses a different one (Qatar?), if not, he would need to take his bags along and check them in at T4 before proceeding to security check and gate.

     

    Thanks, so no transit visa is required. Do he have to pay for "Airtrain" or it is free service?

     

  • JetBlue to United Airlines
    Dec 8, 2012
    1
    I have an incoming flight from Buffalo (JetBlue) and outgoing to San Francisco (United) - what is the best transfer route?

     

    At JFK, JetBlue uses both Terminals 4 & 5, while United uses Terminal 7. T4 has Concourse A, gates A2-7, and Concourse B,gates B20-30 and an inside AirTrain station. T5 has 25 gates (no concourses). T7 has on its Concourse level 12 gates surrounding it. On arrival at JFK, follow the Airtrain sign and take it to Terminal 7. There you need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate. CHECK with JetBlue if they transfer your bags to United flight - if not you need to claim your bag on arrival and take it with you to T7, & check it in with United.

     

  • From T8 to T4
    Dec 8, 2012
    1
    I have an AA flight from Toronto that arrives at 8:10 and have to transfer to a South African airlines flight which leaves at 10:40. Do I have enough time to get my bags and transfer?

     

    1. I presume you already checked with AA and they do NOT transfer bags (in which case you need to take them to the connecting terminal and re-check them in at the South African airline counter on the departures level prior to proceeding to your next gate). Do take advantage of Toronto's US customs clearance, saving you time at JFK! You arrive via AA at Terminal 8 and depart from Terminal 4. On Arrival follow signs to the "Airtrain" which runs between all terminals on average every 8 mins., but in the non-secured area. In any case you need, at Terminal 4, go through security check. T4's Concourse level has Concourse A with gates A2-7, and Concourse B with gates B20-30. You have plenty of time!

     

  • time between terminals
    Dec 3, 2012
    1
    I arrive at terminal 7 Air Canada Flight at 9:55 and have a connection to South African Airlines terminal 4 at 11:15 is that enough time

     

    As both Air Canada & South African airlines belong to the Star Alliance, your bags will automatically be transferred to your connecting gate at JFK. On arrival at T7 (provided you went through US customs clearance in Canada) follow signs to the Airtrain running on average every 8 mins between all terminals, but at pre-security areas. At T4 you need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate. If your departing Canada airport has no customs clearance, you would have to go through passport check, pick up your bags, go through customs clearance and re-check-in your bags where indicated. Either way you should have enough time for transfer.

     

  • From T8 to T1
    Nov 28, 2012
    1
    I will arrive at JFK T8 from Miami in 8 th of Feb 2013, at 22.20 pm. with AA. Then I have connecting fligh to Istanbul in T1 at 23.15 pm. I am not sure either that I have enouhg time to catch my plane to Istanbul. Please give me a clue to go to T1 easier. By the way, my luggages will be checked in Miami airport so will have no luggages with me.

     

    As you arrive at JFK via AA, which only uses Terminal 8, you need to find out from AA if they will transfer your bags to your connecting Airline (which?)at Terminal 1, which houses a number of major international carriers. If AA does not transfer, you need to claim your bag in the baggage area of T8 and take then on the Airtrain - follow signs - (no carts allowed) to Terminal 1, where you arrive in the pre-security area and need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate - 55 mins transfer time would then make it extremely tight!

     

  • conecting dom to int'l flight
    Nov 25, 2012
    1
    We arrive in JFK @09.27 am by jetblue from orlando with the baggage.....and we connecting to int'l flight @13.50pm by China airlines to TPE ... is my time enough to get the connecting flight or should i have to take earlier flight from orlando ??

     

    You have plenty of time: JetBlue (code B6) uses both Terminals 4 & 5 adjacent to each other; while Chine Airline (code MU) uses Terminal 1. You need to find out from JetBlue if they will transfer your bags to the China Airline connecting flight - if not, you would have to claim your bags on arrival and take them with you on the Airtrain - connecting all terminals (follow signs) and check them in at China Airlines counter before proceeding through security and gates. If bags are being transferred, you may simply opt to exit your terminal and walk over to T1 or take the Airtrain, which serves the unsecured areas of the terminals.

     

  • long waiting hours in T4
    Nov 21, 2012
    1
    I am arriving in T4 in jfk for emirates flight at 5: 30 am . I am waiting for my hubby to join with me and go together in the night 11pm flight. Is there any way to check in my bags in the morning and pass the security check.

     

    Assuming you arrive at JFK by Emirates Airways, you need to contact Emirates to find out if they transfer your bags to your connecting airline flight. On arrival at JFK you need to go through passport control, pick up your bags and go through customs clearance - if Emirates transfers bags - re-check them in where indicated - if not, take your bag to the departures level and re-check it in at your connecting airline's counter. (Thereafter you can take the Airtrain to the city. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/jfk and click on "Terminal Map" under QUICK LINKS, then move down to the detailed text.

     

  • Terminal 1 - Delta re-check availability
    Nov 14, 2012
    1
    II am flying back on AIr China and arriving in in T1. Is Delta available outside customs to re-check my bag for connecting flight?

     

    If Air China does not transfer your bags to the Delta connecting flight, you need, after going through customs clearance, take your bag along to the connecting terminal and check it in there with Delta. Note that Delta uses Terminals 2 (gates 19-29), T3 (gates 1-18) & T4 (gates A2-7 & B20-30). Take the Airtrain at T1 serving all terminals in the unsecured areas; at your connecting terminal you need to go through security check before continuing on to your gate.

     

  • BAGGAGE DROP DURING TRANSFER FROM T8-T3
    Nov 13, 2012
    1
    i need to transfer from Qatar Airways terminal 8 to terminal 3 for delta connection.after customs/immigration is there any way i can drop my baggage in terminal 8 itself for the delta connection ?

     

    You need to find out from Qatar whether they will transfer your bags to Delta connection - if not, you would have to take your bag along on the Airtrain, connecting all terminals in their unsecured area, running on average every 8 mins - (there you would have to go to the Delta counter and re-check-in your bag)

     

  • ANA NH T7 to Air Canada AC T7
    Nov 12, 2012
    2
    Arriving at 16:10 on ANA from Tokyo. Connecting to Air Canada to Toronto 17:20 Does this meet minimum connection time? Have Global Entry so cuts down on the immigration/customs time. Same terminal should help too right? Baggage drop off as per usual transfers?

     

    Luckily, both ANA & AC airlines use Terminal 7 - and Global Entry indeed cuts down on customs procedure; You should have no problem connecting in time (unless ANA is seriously late).

     

    Thanks - I'll try to book it then - it may not let me book it anyways due to the minimum connection time but I'll try. Good luck and all the best to all those in NY and NJ who were affected by Sandy and the recent storm.

     

  • Terminal 1 to Terminal 2/3
    Nov 9, 2012
    1
    I'm arriving at Terminal 1 on an international flight, and I have 2 hours before my Delta flight leaves Terminal 2/3. It is on a saturday afternoon. Do you think there is enough time to get through customs and baggage check and everything under 2 hours?

     

    After arrival at JFK count on 35-50 mins for passport control, pick up bags, go through customs clearance & re-check-in bags. Thereafter use the AirTain (follow signs) which runs on average every 7 mins between the terminals, taking only minutes. At Terminals 2/3 you need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate. You have enough time.

     

  • JFK Terminal opening hours
    Nov 9, 2012
    1
    What time does Terminal 7 open for a Nov. 13 Delta flight at 6 a.m. to SFO then Tokyo? (I once arrived too early and waited in the cold for over one hour, then barely made my flight because lines were so long.)

     

    JFK's terminals are open 24/7, so is the Airtrain connecting all terminals.

     

  • Terminal 5 to Terminal 4
    Nov 3, 2012
    1
    How long is the walk between these two terminals? Thank you

     

    All terminals at JFK are arranged in a semi-circle - you can exit T5 & walk over to T4 within minutes; however, you need to go through security check at T4.

     

  • Terminal 3 to Terminal 1
    Oct 31, 2012
    1
    Is 1 hour connecting time enough to go from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 ?

     

    Unless you are an international arrival at T3, you can easily make the transfer from T3 to T1 in an hour - take the AirTrain which runs between all terminals in the unsecured area of the terminals. Or exit T3 and walk to T1 - in either case you need to go through security check at T1 before proceeding to your gate. If you are an international arrival at JFK you would need to go through passport check, pick up bags, go through customs clearance & re-check-in your bags where indicated - taking anywhere between 35 & 65 mins. IF YOUR FLIGHT IS WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS MAKE SURE AIR SERVICE IS AVAILABLE as New York airports only gradually get flights back to normal after Hurricane Sandy.

     





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