Welcome to John F. Kennedy International Airport! The primary airport in New York City and one of the busiest International airports in the United States. More then 90 different airlines fly in and out of JFK and is the operating center for both American Airlines and Delta Airlines. Despite being one of the busiest airports in the country it is not easy to travel their via public transit, only bus lines are able to access JFK. However you’ll be glad to know that their are many car service companies in the city that can take you to or from the airport easily.
JFK has half a dozen terminals and contains over 130 gates. The terminals are set up in almost a U shape though it still remains with a wavy pattern around the central area that contains the airports parking. Normally finding parking in JFK can be a problem so it’s often good to have a driver taking you to the airport. Before the 1990’s every single terminal at JFK was known for the primary airlines that they served. the one exception of this was terminal 4 which was known as the International Arrivals Buildings.
Terminal 1 was opened in 1998 and had been here for 50 years after the opening of JFK. The terminal is known for operating with many carriers and the primary four being: Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and Lufthansa. Terminal 1 also operates with carriers: Aeroflot, Alitalia, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines and many more. Terminal 1 is also lined with small businesses for when you’re waiting for your section to be called. Currently, Terminal 1 is being renovated to create more space for more small local businesses. there are also plans to upgrade the terminal to include more cutting-edge technology and more amenities. It’ll also make it more accessible to people with disabilities for whenever they are being picked up or dropped off by transportation companies.
Terminal 2 opened in 1962 and was the home of Northeast Airlines, Braniff and, Northwest. The terminal was exclusively used and operated by Delta Airlines. Terminal 2 is actually being used less and less thanks to the opening of Terminal 4 and the renovation of Terminal 1 into the New Terminal One. Terminal 2 is set to be demolished by 2026.
Terminal 4 was developed by LCOR Inc. and is managed by the JFK International Air Terminal. The terminal includes different operators such as SkyTeam, Star Alliance ,and even non alliance carriers such as Air Serbia, Caribbean Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Eastern Airlines, EI AI, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Hainan Airlines, Jet Blue, Kuwait Airway, LATAM Brasil, LATAM Chile, Uzbekistan Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Volaris, and WestJet.
Terminal 4 was opened in 2001 and was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. It was built during the construction of the AirTrain with the AirTrain station being built inside the Terminal. the construction of the Air Train was meant to make Terminal 4 easy to navigate however it had the opposite effect.
Today the terminal is filled with shops, dining and even activities to relax, they also offer Wi-Fi and kiosks for easier navigation. Terminal 4 is one of JFK Airport‘s busiest terminal, with over 40,000 flyers coming in and out daily. This is sadly causing congestion among parking lots in the airport, with terminal 4‘s parking adding extra fees. If you’re planning on taking a car to the airport then you may want to get a limo service to avoid parking fees.
Terminal 5 was opened in 2008 and was made for a number of airlines with the main one being JetBlue. Through out the years the terminal would see a number of redesigns and reparations. Terminal 5 has 29 gates in total with an Airspace Lounge near gate 24, this can sometimes cause congestion in the road and make it difficult to get out. A good way to avoid some of the congestion can be taking the Air Train in and out of the airport. Terminal 5 also includes a number of amenities including restaurants, cafes, and even their own banks. If you need to exchange money for your vacation in New York, then you’ll be happy to know the terminal also includes currency exchange spots.
Terminal 7 opened in 1970 and was designed by GMW Architects for BOAC and Air Canada. The terminal is currently operated by British Airways and is the only terminal operated by a foreign carrier while still being on U.S soil. Terminal 7 also includes carriers such as Oneworld, Star Alliance, Sky Team, and non-alliance carriers. From 1989 to 1991 the terminal was expanded to have 12 gates, this expansion was designed by William Nicholas Bodouva and some of his associates, and architects. British Airlines also plans to further expand and renovate the terminal to accommodate more airplane types.
Terminal 8 is one of the major Oneworld hubs with American Airlines operating directly from this terminal. American Airlines began an eight year program with the goal of turning it into the largest passenger terminal in JFK. Terminal 8 was designed by DMJM Aviation as a way to combine the old terminal 8 and terminal 9. It would open in stages with the first stage opening in 2005, it was officially opened in 2007. The terminal itself is actually two times bigger than Madison Square Garden and has multiple retail and food outlets. The terminal is also home to over 80 different ticket counters, more than 40 self-service kiosks, 10 security checkpoints, 29 gates, and processes over 1,600 people through its U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility. Terminal 8 is massive in size, if your getting a limo service out of JFK it would be beneficial to request a meet and greet to avoid getting lost.