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New York Travel Guide

New York — Airports

John F Kennedy International Airport

Set in the southerly borough of Queens 19 kms from Manhattan, New York’s premier international air hub is the busiest in America, handling almost 50 million passengers a year. Its seven working terminals are split between airlines serving routes across the world. American, Delta and JetBlue are the main carriers, serving important cities across the USA, as well as Canada, Europe and Asia.

Terminal 1 is home to Air France, JAL, Lufthansa and Korean Air. Terminals 2 and 3 are reserved for Delta, while Terminal 4 is the main international area. Terminal 5 is home to JetBlue, Terminal 7 hosts British Airways and Terminal 8 American Airlines.

Passenger facilities are as good as it gets, with a wide choice of restaurants, bars, cafés, duty-free, and other stores. Internet access, VIP lounges, banks, currency exchange, and ATMs are found across all terminals. Ground transportation is by rail, subway, bus, taxi, car rental or even helicopter.

Newark Liberty International Airport

Located 15 miles (24 kms) from Manhattan in nearby New Jersey, Newark serves both international and domestic flights and has a passenger throughput of over 33 million a year with three terminals each home to four concourses. United is the largest carrier, with flights departing from most of Terminal A and all of Terminal C. Terminal B handles all international flights on its four levels.

United offers flights to a comprehensive selection of US cities, including Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco and Los Angeles, as well as London Heathrow, Manchester and various other South America, Canada and European cities. United Express serves smaller US destinations, while Virgin Atlantic and British Airways run flights to London Heathrow.

Dozens of duty-free stores, restaurants, fast food joints, cafés, and bars are located across the terminals. VIP and airline lounges, WiFi internet, facilities for the disabled and families, banking, ATMs and currency exchange services are all provided. Car rental can be arranged and onward transportation is by Airtrain monorail, which is connected to an overground rail, airport buses, shuttles, taxis, or helicopter.

La Guardia Airport

The airport of choice for US citizens arriving in New York, La Guardia is also in Queens, and is the most convenient to get downtown. Delta’s domestic hub sees around 24 million passengers passing through its doors every year. The complex has four terminals, with Terminal A hosting the Delta Shuttle and general aviation, Terminal B serving domestic airlines, US Airways based at Terminal C ,and Terminal D dedicated to Boeing 757 and 767 wide-bodied planes.

Air Canada offers flights to Montreal and Toronto, with Delta, Delta Connection, United, United Express, Southwest, JetBlue, US Airways and several smaller carriers covering most major US cities and many smaller domestic destinations. The terminals offer all the usual services, as well as a good choice of eateries and shops for last-minute purchases. Ground transportation is by city or airport bus, taxi or car rental.

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