Port Of Entry To The Big Apple

JOHN F. KENNEDY AIRPORT IS THE FIRST PLACE WHERE YOU MEET THE NEW YORK CROWDS IN THE THOUSANDS OF PASSENGERS THAT PASS THROUGH IT EVERY DAY. HERE ARE A FEW SUGGESTIONS TO MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER AT THIS BIG, NON-STOP AIRPORT.

A volunteer organization called Travelers Aid is ready to help out in case of any difficulties you may encounter on your travels. Travelers Aid volunteers are on hand in all JFK terminals, primarily in the Welcome Centers located in the arrivals area of each terminal.

JFK is at its busiest from from 2 to 7 p.m.. If you are traveling during that time, be sure to leave a minimum of 2 hours for check-in and security procedures. At JFK bags are not put directly on a conveyor belt at check-in.
   
Instead, you hand in your luggage yourself at self baggage drops around the airport. No followup is necessary. Your bags will be scanned and delivered to the appropriate place.

Domestic connecting flights at JFK may leave from a different terminal from the one where you came in. A time interval of no less than 1 hour and 45 minutes between flights is therefore recommended. Otherwise long waits for transportation between terminals could be a problem.

Terminal Four is the only 24-hour terminal at JFK. The other terminals are closed between 1 and 6 a.m., and the food and beverage concessions usually close by 11 p.m.

If you do your Duty Free shopping before the security checkpoint, the goods you purchase will be delivered to you at your boarding gate. At some terminals you may also find duty free shops in the area beyond security near the boarding gates.

The JFK AirTrain operates on two different lines around the airport. One of the lines operates between the seven terminals without leaving the airport, the other provides a connection to the city center from the Jamaica and Howard Beach stations. You can connect to Queens from Jamaica station and to the southern boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan from Howard Beach station.

The standard taxi fare from the airport into the city is $45.  Taximeters are not used between the airport and the city center.

All seven terminals at JFK are designed in such a way that all passengers enter the shopping area immediately after the security  checkpoint and then pass through it on their way to the flight gates.