John F Kennedy International Airport (USA)
Located some 19 km toward the southwestern part of New York City’s Lower Manhattan area, John F Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK, ICAO: KJFK and FAA LID: JFK) is the main international gateway into the USA. The airport handles a big number of international aircrafts and passengers more than any other airport in North America. It however ranks 19th in the world in terms of passenger traffic. The airport serves over 70 airlines that fly to different parts of the world. It is a very important hub for JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Delta Airlines.
Although the airport used to have eight terminals, it currently has six after terminals 3 and 6 were demolished. All the terminals are designed in U-shape pattern with a central area reserved for parking and other airport facilities. Terminal 1 was opened in 1998 and is used by Air France, Korean Air, Lufthansa and Japan Airlines. Terminal 2 was previously used by Braniff, Northeast Airlines and Northwest Airlines. It is now exclusively used by Delta Airlines.
With capacity to handle Airbus A380, Terminal 4 is the main international hub for Delta Airlines. It is indeed the main arrival terminal for all international flights. The terminal has two concourses with 26 gates in total. Terminal 5 is used by JetBlue Airways and is popular for its many restaurants and gift shops. Constructed for both BOAC and Air Canada, Terminal 7 is used by many Oneworld Alliance partners although it is operated by British Airways.
Built by American Airlines, Terminal 8 is the airport’s largest terminal. Its construction was after Terminal 9 was demolished. It serves as the main Oneworld Alliance hub with American Airways being the main carrier. Also operating from Terminal 8 are TAM Airlines, US Airways, Finnair, Air Berlin, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian Airlines among other airlines. There are a number of facilities at the terminal including self service outlets, food courts and retail outlets among other facilities.