Everything you need to know about JFK Airport

Getting yourself and your family together before jetting off to your holiday destination can be both an exciting and stressful time. You have done all the planning, organizing, and sorting and are finally ready to set off for some time off in a new exciting place.


JFK is one of the most famous airports, and if you are living in the New York City area, you will most likely be familiar with it. It’s a great option to use when going aboard or staying in the US as it flies to countless destinations with countless airlines.

In Queens, New York City had its first international airport; however, over time, this quickly become too busy to handle, so JFK international airport was built. JFK airport is named after John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the US, as a tribute to him, and it was named this after his assassination. JFK has six terminals and 127 gates making it one of the biggest airports in the US and has around 800 flights a day.

Different names

JFK airport had three different names before it was named JFK airport these were:

  • Idlewild Airport
  • Major General Alexander E Anderson Airport
  • New York International Airport, Anderson Field

Getting to JFK

The easiest and quickest way to get to JFK airport is to take the AirTran or the New York City subway. This will ensure you don’t have to worry about traffic or worry about how much time you need to put aside for the journey there. This also means you won’t have to worry about the parking situation, which includes finding parking and paying for it, if you do take your own car, you will find plenty of space in the jfk airport long term parking.

Cab options

If you do decide to get a cab to the airport, you will have the option of having the cab drop you off outside of each different airport terminal. Uber or Lyft might be the best option if you really want a private car as they will most likely be a bit more affordable than the price that a cab driver will give you.


Like any airport, the security system, however reassuring, can be a nightmare. The advice given to flyers is that they should aim to arrive up to two hours early in order to make sure they have plenty of time for check-ins, and security checks. As it is one of the largest and most popular airports in the US, you might want to think about getting there closer to three hours earlier to really make sure you aren’t having any last-minute stressful dashes for your flight. No one wants to hear their name called out on the speaker, only to walk onto a flight full of angry passengers as you hold up their trip.


There are plenty of shops and food options inside JFK, so you won’t be bored or find yourself struggling for something to do. The terminal shops are aplenty, and there is even a spa where you can go in and start your holiday early with a pre-flight massage.

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