The J.F. Kennedy International Airport, located in Queens, New York, has been in operation since 1948 when the first commercial flights began. It was formerly known as Idlewild Airport, named after the idle wind Beach Golf Course that was displaced during the airport’s construction. The airport was then named after J.F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the US.
The airport is large standing on 4930 acres piece of land with more than 30 miles of runway. Today, it is said to be the leading international getaway having over 80 airlines operating from its gates. It is the country’s busiest international air passenger and is said to be still under construction following plans to expand it more.
Being the world class and among the best in the world, you can be sure that almost all, if not all services related to transportation have been provided and are of the highest quality possible. The facilities available are:
The airport has over 25 miles constructed specially as taxiways to facilitate the movement of aircraft. The taxiways are built well to withstand the heavy weights and are controlled by the illuminated sign service that directs the aircraft to the taxiways. The air traffic control tower hosts the airport service detection equipment and useful for monitoring affairs in the airport. Other services available in JFK are:
Religious facilities 3 chapels have been established for passengers who wish to visit.
3 chapels have been established for passengers who wish to visit.
Announcements relating to flights arrival, parking, traffic and others can be obtained through the radio station. This is important for the passengers and drivers leaving the airport
Emergency medical services
Shops, restaurants and club house
Fire rescue facilities
The airport might be the busiest with thousands of people streaming in and out each day, but parking has never been a problem. Over 15000 parking spaces have been created for the passengers and spread out in all terminals. The parking options are multi- level parking garages, surface spaced in the centre terminal area and also long term parking. There is also a system of the reservation of parking.
The airport offers high customers experience by providing cosy lounges at every terminal and waiting for gates. You get to enjoy a complimentary snack or drink as you keep busy with the books, magazines or news articles available or other entertainment facilities. The lounges are also different for each group of travellers; first class, business class and economy class.
Several areas have been reserved as entertainment areas for passengers waiting for the board. The area has shops for clothes, bags, shoes, perfumes and a lot more and you can kill boredom through shopping. There are games shops, television area, pool table area, and children’s entertainment area.
The airport has six airline terminals in operation surrounded by the taxiways. The terminals have a total of about 150 gates numbered one till 8 in each terminal.
The terminal operating as terminal 1 was opened in 1998, exactly 50 years after the opening of the airport. It was opened by the terminal one group, which is made up of 4 operating carriers: Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and Lufthansa.
The terminal is operated by Delta Airlines with seven jetway- equipped gateways: 20-22 26-29 having gate 17 as the Delta Connection carrier.
The terminal was demolished in 2011 to allow for expansion of Terminal 5
It is said to be opened in May 2001 replacing the former international arrivals building. It handles the Airbus A380 and serves as an international hub for Delta airlines. It is the major gateway for international arrivals at the JFK.
It has 17 gates: six on concussing A labelled A2-A7 and eleven on concussing B labelled B20, and B22-B31. The current project is to expand this terminal creating more gates to allow all Delta Airlines international flights to operate from here.
The terminal was opened in 2008, operated and mainly occupied by JetBlue Airways. As of June 2012, the Hawaiian Airways use the terminal too after a partnership with JetBlue Airways. Aer Lingus also moved to this terminal from T4 in April 2013, and the terminal is also under expansion to accommodate international arrivals, a section to be known as T5i, completion of which was set for 2015.
It has the greatest number of gift shops and gourmet restaurants. In front of the terminal is the Eero Saarinen-designed terminal 9origanally called: TWA Flight Centre) which is now part of the terminal 5. The terminal has 26 gates, 1-12 & 14 – 27
The terminal was demolished in 2013 to allow expansion of Terminal 5
It is currently operated by the British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia, and Qantas all under one partnership. The star alliance; carrying United Airlines, US Airways and ANA also use the terminal.
This terminal is operated by the American Airlines which is described as a one world carrier’ and is the largest carrier in JFK. Other airlines operating here are Finnair, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Air Berlin and LAN Airlines and Qatar Airlines. The terminal has a lot of retail and food outlets and self – service kiosks.
It has 29 gates: Concourse B having 12 gates (1-8, 10, 12, 14, 16) and Concourse C having 17 gates ( 31-47) access to this concourse C is usually by way of underground tunnels; moving walkways have been constructed. Gate A is divided into further five sections to be used by the small jets: (31A-31E), and the same applies to gate 32 which is split into four parts (32F-32L) for smaller jets.
Delta terminal JFK
As of January 2015, all Delta flights operated from terminal 4 and terminal 2. It is important to note that you can find out which terminal you are departing from 24 hours before your departure time and also, you can access gate information 4 hours before through online checking, flight status and Fly Delta app.
Airlines visiting JFK airlines
. Air France
. Japan Airlines
. Korean air
. Delta Airlines
. Hawaiian Airways
. JetBlue Airways
. Aer Lingus
. British Airways
. Cathay Pacific
. American Airlines
The airport has proven to be world class and incorporated the technology of the highest degree. It has the world’s best terminals, airstrips, airport facilities and interestingly, the most famous and large airlines visit here. It is always a privilege to go through this famous airport.