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The Ultimate Guide To JFK Airport

By Sara Branson, Posted on 25 Dec, 2023 at 03:48 pm

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The Ultimate Guide To JFK Airport

Let’s Make the Stopover At JFK Airport Hassle-Free!

JFK, New York’s leading airport, also known as John F Kennedy International Airport, where one can feel the global aviation pulse by navigating across the hurly-burly of this cosmic place as it is the busiest airport in the world. Boasting more than 30 miles of runway and taxiway while stretching across approximately 5,000 acres, this leading airport sits proudly in one of the busiest Queen’s boroughs, being the 3rd utmost airport that serves the metropolitan area of New York. Featuring more than 70 international and domestic airlines, this airport connects all passengers from its 130 gates to their destinations throughout the USA and the world. 

If you have ever found yourself wondering, “where you will come across JetBlue” or “What terminal at JFK is Delta?” keep this handy guide with you and you will find what to hope for in every 5 active terminals— 1, 4, 5,7, 8— and everything you need to know about this Queen’s airport before your flight!

 

Airlines Of JFK:

John F Kennedy International Airport is the center for over 70 airlines, covering domestic airlines that include the following: 

  • Delta Air Lines
  • Sun Country Air Lines
  • Alaska Airlines 
  • JetBlue
  • Hawaiian Air Lines
  • American Air Lines 
     

International Airlines that operate at this airport are 

  • Air China 
  • Air New Zealand 
  • Air Canada, Emirates
  • Kuwait Airways
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Flair Airlines
  • China Airlines
  • Caribbean Airlines
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Air Senegal
  • Saudia
  • Qantas
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Aeromexico
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Azores Airlines
  • Level
  • China Southern Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Brussels Airlines
  • TAP Air Portugal
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • Qatar Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • ANA (All Nippon)
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Norse Atlantic Airways
  • Copa Airlines
  • Iberia
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • Air Serbia 
  • Air Europa
  • Cape Air
  • Icelandair
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air India
  • Uzbekistan Airways
  • Xiamen Air
  • Royal Jordanian
  • ITA Airways
  • Finnair
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Condor
  • EgyptAir
  • Singapore Airlines
  • El Al
  • Japan Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Volaris
  • Cayman Airways
  • Viva Aerobus
  • EtihadSwiss
  • EVA Air
  • Neos
  • Kenya Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • LATAM
  • Eastern Airlines
  • Avianca Brasil
  • Air France
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • WestJet

 

JFK Airport Terminals

A multitude of shops, restaurants, bars, and other amenities are there at all five terminals of the JFK airport that will be sure to transform the trip of passengers into a delightful experience. 
 

  • JFK Terminal 1

Terminal 1 of JFK Airport serves the following airlines: 

Volaris

Azores Airlines

Air New Zealand

Philippine Airlines

EVA Air

Royal Air Maroc

Austrian Airlines

Saudia

Viva Aerobus

Eastern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines

Air Serbia

Flair Airlines

Brussels Airlines

TAP Portugal

Turkish Airlines

Air China

Air Senegal

Asiana Airlines

ITA Airways

Air France

Korean Air

Cayman Airways

Lufthansa

Swiss

Neos

EgyptAir

 

You can find an assortment of retail shops at this terminal that range from luxurious designer brands, including Hermes, Bvlgari, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tumi, Brookstone, and Michael Kors to a handful of tax-free newsstands and stores. 

Take a brief food break at diverse casual and fast-food dining spots like Wok & Roll, Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Soy & Sake. Apart from this, this terminal also entertains pets in the pet relief area. Other services include baggage storage, nursing station, and currency exchange.

JFK Terminal 4

The Terminal 4 of JFK airport features the following airlines:

  • Uzbekistan Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Avianca Brasil
  • Etihad
  • Aeromexico
  • Copa Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Air Europa
  • China Airlines
  • Air India
  • Caribbean Airlines
  • El Al

The arrival of international flights happens between 10: 30 at night and 5 in the morning on the following airlines:

  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • XiamenAir
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • WestJet
  • JetBlue
  • Singapore Airlines
  • LATAM
     

Terminal 4 was renovated in 2023, featuring stores such as Micheal Kors, Victoria’s Secret, Pandora, Brooks Brothers, Kiehls, Pandora, Hugo Boss, and Coach to keep passengers amused with a pre-flight relaxing retail therapy.

Not to mention the duty-free newsstands, to-go markets, and shops, passengers will also find the top dining spots, from amazing fast-food chains that include Dunkin' Donuts and Shake Shack. If the hunt is for family eateries, drop by The Palm Bar & Grille. There is an interfaith chapel, baggage storage, currency exchanges, pet relief areas, and nursing stations.

In this terminal, the lounges are in El Al, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Swiss, Air India, Etihad, and Emirates; here you will also spot the American Express Centurion Lounge. If passengers have a lounge network like Priority Pass, Wingtips Lounge will be accessible. Head to the XpresSpa outposts for a tranquil-filled pre-flight head massage.
 

JFK Terminal 5

After a long wait, the answer to this question, “Which terminal is JetBlue in at JFK?” is the chief airline that flies from Terminal 5. This terminal will also lead you to the only on-site property of the airport, named the TWA Hotel. 

Look in the retail shops like Ron Jon Surf Shop, Brighton Collectibles, and Loft, let the inner bookworm come out at one of the two bookshops, get your meal from grab-and-go markets, and stop by tax-free shops.

If hunger hits, choose the best beverage and food options, ranging from Jamba Juice, Dunkin' Donuts, and Starbucks to local fav such as H&H Bagels, Artichoke Basille's Pizza, and Baked by Melissa. This terminal offers an array of services, including a BeRelax beauty salon, nursing suites, a USO center, on-the-go manicures, and pet relief stops.
 

TWA Hotel:

If the search is to stay right on the property of JFK, the TWA is the top pick. Renowned for its phenomenal design, this epic hotel features a rooftop infinity pool, overlooking the revitalizing views of TWA Flight Center with some close runways. With 512 tranquility-filled rooms, this first-class hotel features 50,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting area that can hold up to 1600 people. Most of all, you can find the world’s immense fitness center of 10,000 square feet.  

Make sure to check out the exhibits of the museum regarding aviation’s golden age period and TWA. Kill your time before flight by capturing memories of your trip at an old-school photo booth, a cocktail lounge located in Lockheed Constellation L-1649A aircraft, and a cosmic game Twister version.
 

JFK Terminal 7

The airlines that fly from JFK Terminal 7 are the following:

  • Sun Country Airlines
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • Norse Atlantic Airways
  • Icelandair
  • Air Canada
  • Aerolineas Argentinas
  • Condor
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • ANA (All Nippon)
  • LOT Polish Airlines

Pay a visit to retail outlets including Kiehls and Dunkin' Donuts and get a quick meal from a food court, including coffee, burgers, sushi, pastries, and deli-style sandwiches. 

The Terminal 7 services feature nursing suites, a currency exchange, and a pet relief area. 

Airlines that have lounges are Alaska Airlines and Aer Lingus and here passengers will also come across The Lounge @T7 which entertains business-class passengers flying aboard in premium class. 
 

JFK Terminal 8

Terminal 8 accommodates airlines that arrive at destinations worldwide, encompassing a variety of locations.

  • Royal Jordanian
  • American Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • British Airways
  • Qantas
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Japan Airlines
  • Level
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Iberia
  • Finnair

Drop in on retailers’ shops such as Solstice, Hugo Boss, Tag Heuer/MontBlanc, and the list continues. You can also opt for gift and souvenir shops. Soothe your cravings at Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks or head straight to SoHo Bistro, O'Neals, Bobby Van's Steakhouse, or Cascata. British Airways and American Airlines together offer 3 lounges to premium-class passengers, taking in the Soho Lounge located above Gate 14, The Greenwich Lounge on Gate 12, and the Chelsea Lounge above Gate 14. 

 

Parking And Transportation At JFK Airport:

As for parking spots at this New York Airport, you can opt for one of the two choices; Short-Term/ Daily is available by the terminals, and economy/ long-term parking. Make sure to pre-book the parking area online before a flight, then park the car, and hop on the AirTrain to get to your terminal. 

The AirTrain of JFK links the terminals of the airport to the rental car, parking area, the subway stations of Howard and Jamaica; the Jamaica stop also goes to the Long Island Rail from where Manhattan is at a distance of 1 stop through the Penn Station or Grand General Station stop. Passengers will get this service with no charge except if they are wrapping or embarking on their trip from the public transportation stops. 

Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, if you are traveling to one of these destinations on public transport, make sure to take the Long Island Railroad leads to Jamaica station, or subway lines of J, Z, or E. Also, passengers can hop on A train that will take you to the Howard Beach stop, and then AirTrain will drop you off at the desired terminal. Several bus routes like Q3 to Q10, Q10 LTD, and B 15 also provide their services between the JFK Airport and the boroughs of New York. 

On the other hand, hail a cab or use Lyft or Uber, or other rideshare alternatives. If passengers prefer to drive their own set of vehicles, find companies on-site like Thrifty Rental Car, National, Enterprise, Budget, Avis, Dollar, Alamo, SIXT, Payless, and Hertz. Remember that hopping on the AirTrain is necessary to get a vehicle from the authentic company at their location Federal Circle Station.

 

Nearby Recommended Hotel: The Hotel Pergola JFK Airport

Featuring the city views, The Hotel Pergola JFK Airport is set in Queens, almost 5.6 kilometers from Belmont Park Racetrack. Choose a room ranging from a Deluxe Queen Room to a Deluxe Double Room, offering wake-up services, a wardrobe, a work desk, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, towels, bed linens, an air-conditioner, and a private bathroom. 

Wrapping up, JFK Airport is one of the largest transportation hubs that entertains both domestic and international flights. Diverse terminals, a multitude of airlines, and an overflowing history make this New York Airport a bustling and vibrant aviation center. 

Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned traveler, this compiled handy guide will help in explore this airport like a pro within no time. 

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