New York Kennedy (JFK) AIRPORT TERMINAL CONNECTIONS DISCUSSION FORUM

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I am flying in from Istanbul and switching to a jetblue ticket. I will need to re-check my bags. How much time do I need to allow in JFK.
At least 3 hours.
Hi, planning to arrive in JFK at 13:30 with flight DL419 from MXP and then board flight DL429 to SDQ at 15:00. Would that leave enough time to clear customs and make the next flight? Will I need to pick up luggage and recheck them in like in MIA or is there a transfer service and checked luggage goes through? Thank You for your help.
Yes, you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, and go through security. You have just enough time if your flight from Milan is on-time.
Thanks!!
In august we're flying from Manchester UK (Delta) into JFK Terminal 4. We have booked a separate ongoing flight (AA) from JFK TO CHARLOTTE NC. We had allowed 5 hours between the 2 separate flights to clear immigration, collect checked luggage, change from Terminal 4 to Terminal 8 and check in for our 2nd separate flight to Charlotte. The flights have been changed, and now we only have 2 hours. Will that be enough time. We're worried that we'll have to pay to change our 2nd flight to Charlotte, through no fault of our own, because the 2 flights were booked separately.
No, 2 hours is not enough time. Reject the schedule change on the flight that changed and get a refund or alternate routing.
What is the process for flying domestic into Terminal 2 (Delta) and then changing airlines to fly international from Terminal 3 (Aeroflot)?

Same question regarding the return flight. Flying international into Terminal 3 (Aeroflot) and transferring to Terminal 2 (Delta) for a domestic flight

How much time should I allow in between flights on each trip?
Correction on terminals
Delta is Terminal 4 and Aeroflot is Terminal 1
On your way to Russia 90 minutes is acceptable. You just have to take the AirTrain to T1 and go through security. On the return you will have to go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, re-check your bags at the re-check desk, take the AirTrain to T4 and go through security.
Thanks!!!
We booked the domestic flight separate from the Russia flight. So I am assuming we will have to pick up our luggage at Baggage Claim and then go to T1 to check in for the international flight to Russia. Correct?
That is correct, which means I'd want 3 hours.
What about on the return flight?
After going through Customs and Immigration, are you able to recheck your bags a the re-check desk even if you are now on a different airlines?
No, you can't. You'll have to take it to your departure terminal with you and re-check it there.
How much time due you recommend between flights in the return leg of this trip in order to get through customs and then recheck our luggage at the different Terminal?
We're flying into Terminal 4 on Delta on a Thursday--arriving at 5:30 p.m. Our flight to Italy is on Alitalia leaving from Terminal 1 at 8:30 p.m.. Is that enough time to make the connection? What ground transport should we use to move between terminals? Thanks.
If your first flight is domestic that is plenty of time. The only way between Terminals is the AirTrain, which runs outside security.
Yes, LAX to JFK. Thanks for the information.
Due to flight schedule changes - Arrival at JFK from Montego Bay gives me 1 hour layover before a flight to London Heathrow. Both arrival and departure are with DELTA at Terminal 4. Would this be enough time? Many thanks.
Realistically no, call Delta to reject the schedule change and request a connection over a different hub (such as ATL) or a later flight to London.
thank you for your advice. they have now put us on a flight from jfk to lhr which gives us 1hr 30min layover. is this acceptable ? arrival from mbj and departure to lhr are from terminal 4..would we have to go through customs collect bags and then security again?
I will fly from Philadelphia to JFK and then from JFK to San Diego. The airline details:
Philadelphia (PHL) – New York City (JFK)
Delta 3802 · Economy Class · Canadair Reg. Jet
Operated by Endeavor Air DBA Delta Connection

I have 52 mins layover in JFK. And then fly to San Diego:
New York City (JFK) – San Diego (SAN)
Delta 2246

Is this connection possible in 50 mins?
Yes, that is possible but leaves no time to spare as you will arrive in Terminal 4, take a shuttle to Terminal 2 and then depart.
My flight options are Alitalia to Delta with 1h 55 min between, Delta to Delta with 5 hr layover, or Delta to Delta with 4h 25min and switch to LGA. What is the best option?
The Alitalia to Delta will be difficult (but not impossible if you have no checked bags). I would probably just book the long Delta to Delta connection and buy a day pass for the Sky Club.
Anyone take Cathy Pacific from HK to JFK then connect to American airline, the ticket with only 1 hr 40 mins connection, is it enough ?

Anyone can share the connection process in JFK terminal 8
You will arrive in Terminal 7, go through US Immigration, claim your bags, go through US Customs, then re-check your bags at the re-check desk, then take the AirTrain to Terminal 8 and go through security. It's not impossible, but it's a very tight connection.
Flying from Shannon Ireland to ATL, arriving at JFK, change planes to ATL, connection time shows 1 hr 40 mins, is this connection possible in 1:40???
What airlines are you flying?
delta connecting to delta
Yes, that is enough time. You will pre-clear US Immigration and Customs in Shannon, so all you have to do at JFK is go from your arrival gate to your departure gate. If you depart from Terminal 2, Delta runs a shuttle between Terminal 4 and Terminal 2 inside security.