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New York JFK International Airport Information

Located in Queens, New York City, the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is one of the major airports in the New York Metropolitan Area. Serving more than 47 million visitors each year, JFK Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country and certainly the busiest in New York State. The airport also boasts the title of being the busiest international gateway into the United States of America.

New York City's premier airport has modest beginnings that date back to the early 1940's. The airport's grounds were once occupied by a marshy terrain that made up the Idlewild Golf Course. In 1948, New York International Airport, which was commonly called Idlewild, officially opened its gates to the public. The airport grew rapidly for the next two decades with the addition of new runways and terminal facilities. In 1963, "Idlewild" Airport was renamed to honor John F. Kennedy, the beloved United States president who was tragically assassinated that year.

Today, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey manages John F. Kennedy International Airport. JFK Airport occupies more than 4,900 acres in the southern waterfront area in the borough of Queens. What's even more fascinating about NYC's busiest airport is that it has a road network that stretches out for more than 30 miles.

John F. Kennedy International Airport has a loop layout that consists of seven Terminal Buildings numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8. There is a considerable distance separating each Terminal building at the airport. To facilitate ground transportation, the Port Authority introduced the AirTrain JFK in 2003. The AirTrain is a rapid transit elevated rail system that makes an 8 mile loop through the airport grounds and important nearby destinations such as subway stations. AirTrain JFK stops near every Terminal Building.

There are four runways in use within the Central Terminal area at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The longest runway stretches for more than 14,500 feet and is made of concrete. The three other runways are made of asphalt and measure 8,400 feet, 10,000 feet, and 11,351 feet. JFK Airport also boasts a world class Air Traffic Control Tower that rises more than 320 feet above ground.

With more than 5,000 parking spaces available, John F. Kennedy International Airport can sufficiently accommodate the busy vehicle traffic coming in from nearby highways such as Van Wyck Expressway.

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