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  • Do i have enough transfertime?
    Jul 4, 2013
    2
    I am flying from Miami to JFK with American Airlines. I only have an hour an ten minutes overlay in JFK before my flight to Heathrow. Can i make it? I know i have to go through customs and security.

     

    AA uses Terminal 8, which has Concourses B & C. (Concourse B with gate 1-16, while near its gate 14 is access to Concourse C with gates 31-47.) Your boarding pass & the overhead screens will show flight & gate numbers. Hurry!

     

    You will not have to go through any customs or security on your way to London. You just have to go from gate to gate. If your first flight is on-time you'll have plenty of time.

     

  • Terminal 7
    Jul 3, 2013
    2
    Hello All,I need your help on my up coming arrival at JFK Terminal 7. I will arrive at T7, 4 hours before my sister,who arrives at T3. I want to wait for her so we can travel into NY together. Just a few questions 1.Can I put my bags in storage anywhere?.2. I thought I might have a massage to fill in time, also could have a coffee, look at shops ,etc. Can I go into that area,even if I'm not flying, because I will not have a boarding pass.Any other suggestions as to what I do, and where to wait for my sister. Thankyou all in advance

     

    Terminal 3 is closed, your sister will not be arriving there. There will be little for you to do on the non-secure side of the airport.

     

    Thanks, we have just worked that out its now T4.Is there anywhere I can leave my luggage while I wait for her?, also where should I wait?

     

  • First time in the States, from NY to SFO
    Jun 22, 2013
    3
    Hi, I am traveling for the first time to the States on june 6th from RVK Iceland to SFO, with a stop at JFK arriving at 13:10(3:10 pm) with Delta and departing for a flight to SFO at 16:00(4pm) same day also with Delta. How does it work, do I have to collect my luggage and re-check it ? do I have enough time for the connection flight ? Does Delta take responsibility if I do not catch my flight ? I bought just one ticket that covers my trip all the way to SFO. Thank you !

     

    13:10 is 1:10 PM. You will collect your baggage in immigration, then go through customs then re-check it with Delta when you exit customs. Then you go back upstairs and through security and to your departing gate. Both flights will likely be in Terminal 4. If you miss your connection due to your first flight being delayed or immigration delays you will be rebooked. There is one more later flight to SFO on Delta that departs at 7 PM.

     

    We are arriving by KL6071 R at 12.52 on 02 July 13 terminal 4 Newyork JFK,then we have connecting flight DL 3459 X at 15.55 on 02july 13 from terminal 2 for Nashville.Please guide us

     

    Time to reach terminal 2 from terminal 4

     

  • clearing customs at jfk from israel
    May 30, 2013
    1
    How much time is needed to arrive, clear customs from Israel and board a plane to Atlanta GA

     

    International arrivals at the U.S. need to go through passport control, pick up bags, go through customs clearance and - if continuing journey - re-check-in your bags (making sure your first airline transfers bags to your connecting airline - if not you need to take bags to connecting terminal & check them in there). Arrivals & departures depend on the Airline you take. The 'Airline Terminals Train' serves all terminals in a continuous loop. Best to have a 2-hr window for connecting gate-to-gate. For detailed JFK info open http://www.ifly.com/john-f-kennedy-international-airport/terminal-map

     

  • Meeting my BF
    Apr 9, 2013
    5
    Hi All, My Bf is coming for a transit in JFK airport to meet me for 3 Hours and I'd love to meet him privately. He doesn't have a visa to the US. Is it possible to book a hotel for 2 hours only and is there a nice cheap hotel in the airport. Also if the hotel Idea is not possible .. Where can I meet him in the airport? Thanks for your help

     

    You don't really have time for that. He will exit security when he arrives, so you can meet him at the exit from immigration in the terminal he is coming into. However, It will probably take him an hour to clear immigration and then he'll have to leave to get into line for security an hour before his next flight, so you'll really only be able to see each other for about an hour.

     

    Thank you for the reply .. Is there any hotel inside JFK so we can meet for even an hour?

     

    There are no hotels on airport grounds. There are a number of hotels just off airport grounds - Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, JFK Inn, Days Inn, Comfort Inn, Sheraton, Farifield Inn, and Hilton Garden.

     

    Without a valid US Visa he cannot exit the terminal. He has to go straight to the departures for his connecting flight. I am darn sure there is no way you can see him as he is in a controlled area only for security cleared passengers. Good luck

     

    Further to my last comments please read the following: You may wish to avoid transit in US airports because: Anyone arriving into the United States or one of its territories (like Puerto Rico) — and not covered by the Visa Waiver Program or the separate provision for citizens of Canada & Bermuda — requires at least a C-1 transit visa to transit the airport. This can be expensive (US$131 minimum) and time-consuming to obtain, and you can be denied the visa: the requirements are the same as the full B-2 tourist visa. If you arrive without this visa, even for a fuel stop or transit, and aren't eligible for a waiver, you will be sent home and recorded as having been denied entry to the US. The United States does not allow sterile transit, which means that even if you have an immediate connecting flight, you have to pass through Customs and Immigration. This is time-consuming and tedious (4 hours or more is recommended to be safe), and all except Canadian travelers transiting in the USA using either a transit visa or the Visa Waiver Program will be photographed and fingerprinted. You have previously been denied entry to the US or overstayed in the US, and have been advised that entry may be refused in future. Transit entry is as likely to be refused as any other entry, it will almost certainly be easier to avoid risking it. Note that all of these activities now require either a Visa Waiver or C1 transit visa: transferring to another flight; just stopping and not disembarking from the plane; and refueling stops. Sometimes these minor stops are not even clearly marked on preliminary itineraries for long haul flights. If you have reason to avoid the US, ask that the itinerary be double and triple checked for transit and fuel stops in the US (including Hawaii and Alaska). Note: Alternative transit points described in this article often also require visas. Always check transit or entry conditions of all stops. You are responsible for checking and if necessary getting the visas and are advised to do so months before your planned trip.

     

  • Terminal 8 to Terminal 4 in 75 min.
    Mar 15, 2013
    1
    I arrive by AA flight in JFK T8 and I have 75 min. to catch an international flight to Dubai from T4. Is the time sufficient ?

     

    Try to see if you can get your bag checked through to Dubai and hurry. That's not very much time, especially if your tickets were bought on separate reservations and have to claim and recheck your bags.

     

  • Terminal 8 to Terminal 4 in 75 min.
    Mar 15, 2013
    1
    I arrive by AA flight in JFK T8 and I have 75 min. to catch an international flight to Dubai. Is the time sufficient ?

     

    Note also that you need to take the 'Airline Terminals Train' which runs between all terminals, but in the unsecured area, meaning you need to go through security check before proceeding to your connecting gate.

     

  • Elderly Assiatnce required
    Mar 8, 2013
    1
    Hi my mother and father coming to JFK terminal 1 and they have to transfer Terminal 5. They are elderly and my father handicap. Where can I get assistance service to ensure that they transferred properly and safely to terminal 5. Is there any company provide such services at your airport? Regards Reha Abi

     

    Call the airline of their first flight. They will arrange for the wheelchair service.

     

  • Wheelchair assistance
    Feb 15, 2013
    1
    I am arriving from Abu Dhabi and need to clear customs then go to American Airlines to check a bag to Boston. Will the person assisting me off the plane with a wheelchair at Etihad Airways be able to bring me all the way to terminal 8 to check in with AA and then to my gate?

     

    At the JFK site there is very little information as to how to terminal transfer with a wheelchair. The only connection between the Emirates Terminal 4 & AA Terminal 8 is the Airline Terminals Train, which does not allow baggage carts onboard - therefore I doubt that you could use that. My suggestion would be to take a wheel-chair accessible taxi or shuttle over to your connecting terminal 8. Then ask the SkyCap to get you to the AA check-in counter and on to your gate.

     

  • International help
    Feb 8, 2013
    2
    Hello. I am planing on flying my mom from Poland to New York to visit me this year. She does not speak English and she is terrified to be on her own at the airport, she is afraid she will not know where to go or she will not know what the guards want from her. She would need to be picked up from the plane and walked to the right gate, and somebody would need to make sure she filled out all the paper work. Is there any company that has contract with JFK that help passengers like that.

     

    Make sure that her round trip to JFK will be on non-stop, same-airline flights. All she needs to worry about then is how to get through Customs - and that is no problem. When completing the customs form on the plane on way to New York, she can ask for assistance from other travelers or the flight attendant. On arrival at JFK, she will follow all other passengers to get through passport check, collect her bags and go through customs clearance showing her completed questionnaire. You will be at the other side of the secured area to meet her. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/jfk, then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

    I fly my mother in law from hugary every year and she speaks no english. when booking her flt ask for wheel chair assistace and then they will take her where she needs to go!!

     

  • getting luggage from AA to Delta alone
    Jan 31, 2013
    1
    I am flying into JFK on AA and need to meet my other party at Delta for a stay in New York. I will have 3 large pieces of luggage with me and wanted to know if you can take the luggage carts with you on the Airline Terminal Train? Also is there a place at the AA terminal to store luggage for a few days?

     

    Carts are not allowed on the train at JFK. The baggage claim area has airline (or their handlers) offices - go there and inquire, or visit AA's website. Delta uses terminals 2, 3 & 4. I suggest you open www.ifly.com/jfk then click on 'Terminal Map' under QUICK LINKS and scroll down to the detailed text.

     

  • Arrival by Qatar Airways
    Jan 16, 2013
    1
    Hi , I will be originating from Goa, India to Doha Qatar and then to JFK. Arrival at T8 and then proceeding to Toronto on Air Canada at T7. Do I clear customs at JFK and how to proceed with my bags to terminal 7.

     

    On arrival at JFK you need to go through passport check, pick up your bags, go through customs clearance and then re-check-in your bags where indicated. However, if your arriving airline at JFK does not transfer your bags to your Air Canada flight, you need to take your bag along and check it in with Air Canada at T7. The Airline terminal train's next stop after T8 is T7, where you need to go through security check before proceeding to your gate.

     

  • Meeting point at T4 or T1
    Jan 9, 2013
    2
    I'll arrive at T4, my friend will arrive at T1. We need to meet after going trough security chekck and passport control somewhere at T4 or T1 inside the airport. How can we meet the easiest way? Where is a good meeting point (restaurant, coffe shop) at T4 or T1? How can I get T1 or my friend T4 after controlls? We aren't transit arrivals. Thank you!

     

    You both could meet up at Terminal 1 of JFK - either in front of the information counter on the Arrivals level, or at Panini Express, located on the Arrivals level. Ask your friend to hop on the Airplain train connecting all terminals outside of security, taking minutes between each terminal.

     

    The idea of wehan13 is good, you can try it.

     

  • Meeting point/international
    Nov 23, 2012
    1
    I am meeting someone who is arriving from Brazil with a show dog. Can you suggest a point for us to meet and will that be before or after she gets the dog?

     

    On arrival at JFK your friend will have to go through passport control, pick up bags and go through customs clearance. After she has retrieved her dog (who may be required to undergo quarantine inspection), she should pick up any one of the white telephones to have you paged. Best place for meeting up is in front of the information desk on the arrivals level. (JFK has no cell phone waiting lot).

     

  • traveling to jfk on marathon sunday
    Nov 2, 2012
    2
    I am driving up from Phila. for a 5:30pm flight. How hard will it be to get to the airport with the marathon going on? How much time should I allow to get there?

     

    Make sure you contact JFK suggested sites: 1. For JFK specific flight delay information, contact your carrier directly: http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-airlines.html 2. View recent Airport Info-Alerts: http://www.airportinfoalerts.com/recentmessages.aspx 3. For real-time airport status information, parking lot capacity, and AirTrain JFK service delay information subscribe to John F. Kennedy International (JFK) Airport Info-Alerts: http://www.airportinfoalerts.com/alertsignupjfk.aspx 4. Find out which sections of the Hwy you use may need detours and how to navigate them. All in all, it would be best if you could postpone your trip. The marathon just adds another headache to an area hard hit.

     

    Make sure you contact JFK suggested sites: 1. For JFK specific flight delay information, contact your carrier directly: http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-airlines.html 2. View recent Airport Info-Alerts: http://www.airportinfoalerts.com/recentmessages.aspx 3. For real-time airport status information, parking lot capacity, and AirTrain JFK service delay information subscribe to John F. Kennedy International (JFK) Airport Info-Alerts: http://www.airportinfoalerts.com/alertsignupjfk.aspx 4. Find out which sections of the Hwy you use may need detours and how to navigate them. All in all, it would be best if you could postpone your trip. The marathon just adds another headache to an area hard hit.

     





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