New York Kennedy JFK Airport Terminal Map Overview

Main Terminal / Concourses at New York Kennedy JFK Airport

Kennedy Airport Terminal Complex layout, Getting around (inter-terminal connections, Airtrain & Airport-to-Airport connections); International Arrivals, Delta Passengers & Terminal details:

The passenger terminal complex at Kennedy  Airport constitutes has a Central Terminal Area (CTA), with a one-mile circular roadway, currently surrounded by six operational passenger terminals: T1, T2, T4, T5, T7 & T8 - arranged in a semi-circle, and connected by the Airtrain & the Airline Terminals Train, both serving the non-secured areas of the terminals every 8 minutes on average.

The full-service Welcome Centers in the Arrivals area of each of the passenger terminals - staffed by Customer Care Reps wearing red vests - offer an ATM cash machine and these services: Ground transportation information, hotel reservations, information on shops, restaurants, rental cars & tourist attractions. 
At the Departures levels is a
'virtual avatar' with the likeness of a real person, is also providing terminal information.
All Terminals offer food & drink, shops & duty-free concessions (most of which are in the secured areas) and  free WiFi access. 

NOTE:  Some plastic wrapping cannot go through the baggage handling system and passengers need to unwrap their bags - The Airport's 'Secure Wrap' will save you this aggravation!

Getting around:   For inter-terminal connections, use the yellow-marked 'Airline Terminals Train'; for connections to Jamaica Station use the red-marked Airtrain; for connections to Howard Beach, use the green-marked train.

Inter-Terminal connections:
(a) T2 to T4: until the new connector is completed, Delta Bus connects from gate to gate; 
(b) via 'Airline Terminals Train' (marked on JFK's maps in yellow) running from T1 to T8, T7, T5, T4 & T2/3)  - at each such stop you can connect to the Airtrain to either Howard Beach route (marked green) or Jamaica Station route (marked red) , which runs 24/7 - between midnight and 4am every 15 mins; between 4-7:30am every 7 mins; between 7:30am-3pm every 10 mins; between 3pm-8pm every 7 mins; between 8pm & midnight every 15 mins.
The Airtrain stops at each of the terminals and branches out into two separate City routes: 
(a) Jamaica Station route connects to the Long Island Railroad, to NYC Transit subways E, J and Z at Sutphin Blvd/Archer Av. Station, and to various Q buses.
(b) Howard Beach Route connects to Parking lots A, B & C, stopping at Lefferts Blvd., & Howard Beach Station. The elevated A train takes you north to the Rockaways, or south to Brooklyn & Manhattan, with other subway connections along the line.
Airport to Airport connections: 
(a) JFK to LaGuardia: ETS Air Shuttle (718-221-5341); All CountyExpress (800-914-4223); NYC Airporter (718-777-5111) all three take 45-60 mins; metered taxi at taxi dispatcher, 30 min; private limo/van: Welcome Center at baggage claim.
    (b) to Newark Libery: State Shuttle (800-427-3207) takes 90 mins.; Air Train JFK & mass transit (877-535-2478);  ETS Air Shuttle (718-21-5341) 1 hour; metered taxis from dispatcher 75-90 mins; private limo/ vans: Ground Transport Information Counter at baggage claim, 75-90 mins.
International Arrivals:  Unless you have gone through US customs clearance by participating airports in Canada and the Caribbean, you need to go through passport check, retrieve checked bags, go through customs clearance and - if transferring to another flight - re-check-in bag (the tag should indicate layover and final destination Airport Codes).  See also below: Terminal 5, Arrivals level (T5 or T4?)


Terminal 1 of JFK Airport houses currently 22 major international carriers.
    Arrivals level houses customs clearance, baggage claim, baggage storage & ground transportation information & currency exchange.
    Mezzanine level houses 3 airline lounges.
    Departures level  houses four check-in areas and in the center security check and access to:
    Concourse level
with 4 airline lounges and access to gates 1 - 11.
The Lufthansa Lounge is at post-security, to the left.
The Air France Lounge near gate 1offers showers, WiFi & separate VIP area for La Premiere guests.

Terminal 2 of JFK Airport
is currently for Delta's First Class, Medallion & Business Elite Check-in.   NOTE:  T2 closes at 8:30pm - passengers checking in after 8pm should proceed to T4! 
    Arrivals level with baggage claim, information counter, Ground Transport Info Center, and bus & taxi pickup outside.The Arrivals level houses the Delta Sky Club, Delta ONE Check-in & Delta Sky Priority Check-in.
    Departures level has ticket counters on either side and security check, leading to:
    Gate level with (with gates C60-70) has a currency exchange near gate C61.  Transfer passengers to T4 find shuttle service at C60.
NOTE:  160 new OTG iPads (making it a total of 300) for chef-driven restaurants are now available at Brooklyn Beer Garden, Due Amici & Shiso.

Delta Shuttles between T2 (at gate C60) and T4 (at gates B18 & B54) take about 2-6 mins and are marked with terminal destination.
A connector will be in place between T2 & T4 by mid-2015, eliminating the need for Delta shuttles. - no news has been available for completion.

Terminal 4 of JFK Airport with Concourses A & B - the largest of JFK's terminals, accounting for 17M passengers in 2014, is North America's only air terminal operated by private company JFKIAT LLC (, which works closely together with Delta and the  Port Authority of NY & NJ.  T4 is currently used by  a large number of international airlines, and by Delta for its long-haul flights, including U.S. flights to LAX, SFO & SEA (but check first).  Delta currently uses T2  for its First Class, Medallion & Business-Elite check-in purposes only.
The new security checkpoint ilocated 'just after check-in'. All airline lounges, shops & restaurants, as well as all airline gates are located at post-security.  Also note that due to limited space, only ticketed passengers are permitted at check-in.
T4 has completed its expansion projects, resulting in improved baggage claim, added carousels, US Customs inspection booths, 12 centralized security lanes;  improved check-in areas with more kiosks; Delta Sky Priority check-in area next to security check; new shops & restaurants at pre-security; renovated and new gates at Concourse B. 
Delta transfer passengers to Terminal 2 may use T4's shuttle stops at B18 & B54
    Arrivals level of T4 is at present separate, connected by 2 walkways to the concourse level and housing Customs clearance, new automatic passport control machines, baggage claim, & Information counter. It also has a Ground Transport Info Center, and outside rental car pick-up. The Arrivals Hall added recently a sit-down diner (reminiscent of the 1930s) located at pre-security is able to serve visitors and passengers alike.
    Departure level of T4 with two check-in areas, 2 airline clubs, opens up to the Concourse level, with security checkpoints at either side.
    Concourse level of T4 with
       Concourse A - gates A3 - A7
       Concourse B  - gates B18-B55.
The T4 shuttle to T2 now stops at gates B18 & B54.  Currency exchange is at or near gates A3 A5, on concourse level and near gate B27.  Concourse B recently completed its expansion with 11 new gates & enclosed jet bridges (close to Sky Club Lounge), and 75,000 sq.feet of extra space. Inter-terminal connections are aided by a new bus stop at the concourse end (complementing current bus stops at gates B18 & C60).  These upgrades enabled Delta to shift 80 percent of its domestic connection flights from T2 to the expanded Concourse B of T4 - further streamlining connecting flights.  Upgrades were also made to enhance check-in, and adding electrical outlets on the seats in the waiting areas.
Airline Lounges at T4:  Air India Maharaja at B gates;  Delta Sky Club at Gate B32 (reached by discreet door around gate B32 via escalator up to its lobby & reception desk);  El Al King David Lounge; Emirates Lounge at Gate A4;  Swiss Lounge near gate B23;  Virgin Club House at Gate A5; and Wing Tips Lounge at end of Concourse A.  For all other Airlines and their lounges, contact your airline.

Terminal 5 of JFK Airport -
opened in 2007 and recently expanded by JetBlue Airlines by 145,000 sq.ft on 3 levels, and adding the International Arrivals Hall with U.S. Custom and Border Protection, Federal Inspection Services (FIS) and two new baggage claim belts.
T5  - currently served by  AerLingus, Hawaiian & JetBlue airlines - is an award-winning, state-of-the-art terminal, offering free WiFi access, 38 food & drink outlets, 35 shops, plenty of charging stations, and even a full spa.T5 is  is  (Note that JetBlue & Korean Air have an interline agreement - meaning they transfer bags to their connecting flights).  Note that JetBlue curbside check-in is available for domestic flights only at $2/bag.
    Arrivals level of T5 houses baggage claim, currency exchange, and information counter;  its separate Skywalk connects to Departures & Arrivals at each end, and to parking and Airtrain & Airline Terminal Train at its left end. 
NOTE: International Arrivals:  between 5am-10:30pm - at T5;  after 10:30pm & before 5am they arrive at T4 - but subject to change - check flight status!
    Departures level of T5 with check-in facilities leads to security check and on to the gate area with gates 1-30 (gates 22-30 at left; gates 8-21 straight ahead). 
    Lounges at T5:  (a) The Concorde Lounge is near gate 1.  (b) The Airspace Lounge near gate 24 is a pay-in lounge, starting at $25;  It offers non-alcoholic drinks & snacks, use of computers, printing & scanning, WiFi & shower facilities.
   The  Marketplace
at T5 offers concerts, events & installations.
JetBlue opened its new outdoor rooftop terrace (post-security) with views of Manhattan & adjacent TWA/Saarinen terminal. It offfers seating for 50 persons -  with three food and beverage carts, greenery areas, children’s play area and an area to walk your dog.

Terminal 7 of JFK Airport - owned & operated by British Airways - is currently served by Aerolineas Argentinas, ANA, Air Canada, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, Icelandair, OpenSkies, Qantas. (United Airlines shifted all its flights to Newark Airport EWR.)   It has small Arrivals and Departure Levels, and a large Concourse level.
    Arrivals level houses customs clearance, baggage claim, currency exchange, hotel board, ground transport Information desk.
    Departures Level houses check-in desks and security check, with access to the gates.
    Concourse level  is surrounded by gates 1- 12, and offers various amenities.
T7 offers the Concorde Lounge
near gate 1.

Terminal 8 of JFK Airport
with Concourses B & C is presently a Oneworld hub, with  American Airlines being the major carrier. (Some of Oneworld airlines operating at T7, also operate at T8). It is currently served by Air Berlin, American, American Eagle, Finnair, LAN, Malev, Qatar, Royal Jordanian, TAM & US Airways.
    Arrivals level houses customs clearance, baggage claim, Information counter, ground & transportation information & hotel phones.
    Departures level houses the check-in facilities,  leading to the security checkpoints, and thereafter restaurants/ shops, with access to the two Concourses:
       Concourse B with gate 1-16 has currency exchanges near gates 4 & 10, and offers access between gates 12 & 14 to Concourse C (with a currency exhange in this transfer area.
       Concourse C with gates 31-47 has currency exchange near its entrance.
NOTE:  Terminal improvements & shifting of airlines are under consideration.

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