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New York JFK Airport - Orlando / Florida Guide

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John F Kennedy International Airport was, of course, named after the famous President of the 1960’s, who was, sadly, assassinated on November 22nd, 1963. Originally named ‘New York International Airport, ’ it was renamed in memory of the late president in 1963, and is usually referred to as ‘JFK’ or ‘Kennedy. ’

Situated on Long Island, in Queen’s County, south eastern New York City, it is about 12 miles from Lower Manhattan, and is a very convenient airport with good transport links. It is a major international hub for Delta Airlines, soon to be the largest airline in the world, following its merger with North West/KLM, and it is also a large hub for American Airlines. Whilst it is only one of three major international airports in New York – Newark and La Guardia being the other two, it is the top international air passenger gateway to the US. A total of 90 airlines fly out of this huge international airport, which is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which also operates La Guardia and Newark Liberty airports. There are four runways in total with two pairs of parallel runways surrounding the airport’s central terminal area. One of these runways is the second largest commercial runway in North America with a length of over 14, 572 ft or 4, 441 metres.

JetBlu Airways also fly out of this airport, which has an astonishing eight passenger terminals, arranged in a U-shaped pattern around a central area which contains several airport facilities including hotels, parking, and a power plant. The terminals are connected by the Air Train system, as well as by access roads.

This rail network links each terminal to New York City subways and regional commuter trains via the rapid transit system, called AirTrain JFK. Travel on this system is free within the airport and costs $5 to reach the subway stations outside the airport perimeter. It stops at all the terminals as well as the parking lots, hotel shuttle areas and car rental lots. The AirTrain also stops at two subway stations and the Long Island Rail Road. The travelling time between JFK and Midtown Manhattan is less than an hour – and can take as little as 30-40 minutes. However, you can also go by taxi as New York City’s yellow cabs offer a flat rate service of $45 excluding tips and tolls from JFK to Manhattan, and from Manhattan to JFK. Depending on traffic conditions a taxi ride from JFK to Midtown Manhattan can be undertaken in as little as 35 minutes.

If you travel on an American airline to Orlando you may well find yourself landing at this busy international airport before catching your domestic flight to Florida.

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