Everyone must have heard of the famous JFK airport in New York City, but how many know anything about it? The John F. Kennedy International Airport New York is actually located in Queens, and some 12 miles from Lower Manhattan. JetBlue Airways uses the John F. Kennedy International Airport as its main airport, while American Airlines and Delta Air Lines use this airport as their main hub. As such, these airlines have far more flights than the rest of the carriers.
The year 2014, marked this airport’s largest influx of passengers: well over 53.2 million. This number was to be expected as there are over 70 airlines flying out of JFK. This airport was opened under the Idlewild Airport name back in 1948. It was in 1963 that it was decided to rename this airport after John F. Kennedy, after he was assassinated. The previous name was borrowed from the golf course it replaced. The first day of July 1948 was marked by the first flight out of this airport, and Harry S. Truman who was then the president of the USA, attended the opening ceremony.
It appears that new yorkers can reach the airport rather easy as it is connected to the AirTrain JFK which in turn is connected to both New York City Subway and to Long Island Rail Road. Connections to these two transportation systems are possible by bus as well: Q6, Q7, and Q10 are just some of the connecting buses. Those who prefer to ride the taxi to the airport should know they will have to pay a flat rate that doesn’t include tips or tolls, and the rate only applies from Manhattan. Other means of reaching the airport are the helicopter and the passenger’s own car. If one chooses to arrive by helicopter, they will pass through the heliport security and not that of the airport.