John F. Kennedy International Airport, also known as New York International Airport or JFK Airport, is the busiest public international airport in the United States. It is located in Queens in New York City near Lower Manhattan. The airport can handle more than 53 million passengers annually and over 70 airlines offer services in this place such as AeroMexico, Air France, Air China, Air India, All Nippon Airways, Qantas, Volaris, and many others. International destinations include Dublin, Moscow, Berlin, Toronto, Beijing, Paris, Delhi, Tokyo, and many more. It is a major hub for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, Kalitta Air, and Polar Air Cargo. The airline that carries the most number of passengers is Delta Air Lines, with more than 12 million passengers yearly. Meanwhile, the top international destination is London in United Kingdom, followed by Paris in France, and Santiago in Dominican Republic, while the top domestic destination in the airport is Los Angeles in California, with 1.6 million passengers. The airport was renamed several times. It was opened in 1948 as New York International Airport, replacing the name Idlewild Airport. It changed its name anew in 1963 as John F. Kennedy International Airport in commemoration of the 35th President of the United States. The airport has four runways, three made of asphalt and one made of concrete.
John F. Kennedy International Airport has six terminals, with 128 gates. The terminal buildings are arranged in a distorted U-shaped pattern around the central area. These terminals are very accessible since all are linked by the AirTrain system.
In 1998, Terminal was opened to the public, 50 years after the opening of the airport. This terminal, which has 11 gates, services four airlines: Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, and Lufthansa. Most European and Asian airlines also land at this terminal. These include Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, and Saudia among others. The terminal was designed by William Nicholas Bodouva. He was also responsible for the design of the Terminal 4.T erminal 2 was opened in 1962. The air carriers that are being housed in this airport are Northeast Airlines, Braniff, Northwest Airlines, and Delta Air Lines.
Originally, there are eight terminals but Terminals 3 and 6 were demolished in 2013 and 2011, respectively. The space of Terminal 3 will be used for additional parking of aircraft, while Terminal 6 will be used for the expansion of Terminal 5 to allow international air carriers. In 2001, Terminal 4 replaced the International Arrivals Building. It has 26 gates that offer services to Asian and European airlines. Terminal 5 was opened in 2008 for JetBlue, while Terminal 7 was built for Air Canada in 1970. Terminal 8, meanwhile, has 29 gates that offer flights to South American countries. Airlines that offer flights include Aerolineas Argentinas and Avianca.
Services and Facilities
The airport contains headquarters of different airlines including the North American Airlines and Tower Air. John F. Kennedy International Airport is also home to world-class boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and fast food chains like McDonald’s and Wendy’s. Wi-Fi is also available throughout the terminals. In 2000, an annex of the Aviation High School was built for the students in Long Island City. The airport also has three chapels such as the Our Lady of the Skies Chapel.