About JFK Airport

Welcome to John F. Kennedy International Airport, “Where America Greets the World.”

This section of the JFK Web site contains facts, history and other information about JFK Airport that, while interesting, isn’t necessary to know if you’re planning to fly in or out of JFK.

Want to know how long the runways are? When Terminal 7 was built? How many people work at JFK? What was the original name of the airport? Visit the JFK Facts and History page for the answers to these and dozens of other questions.

Want to know how many planes take off and land at JFK in a month? Which airlines carry the most passengers at JFK? How many passengers travel to and from Europe to JFK in a year? Visit the Airport Traffic Statistics section for this and more statistical information about airlines, passengers and cargo John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports.

If you’ve been to JFK recently, you probably noticed that there’s a lot of new construction under way. Well, what you see is only the beginning of a nearly complete makeover of the airport.

Ever wonder what goes on in the control tower? How Air Traffic Control communicates with thousands of pilots on flights coming in and leaving out of JFK? Find out what goes on behind the scenes of flights landing and taking off by listening to live Air Traffic Control audio from the JFK Control Tower.

If you forgot to take photographs of JFK Airport on your last trip, visit the JFK Photo Gallery (coming soon) to bring back fond memories. (coming soon)

We’ve tried to make it easy to navigate the enormous amount of information we’ve included on this site. If, by chance, the thing you need wasn’t as easy to find as we hoped it would be, use our handy program to Search This Site.

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Al Graser, General Manager.
Building 14
Jamaica, New York 11430