The JFK International Airport is the largest airport in NYC and one of the largest in the country serving almost 50 million passengers each year. JFK is one of three airports serving the NYC metropolitan area, in conjunction with the LaGuardia and Newark International Airports. However, JFK is by far the most likely entry point to the city for international arrivals.
The airport is divided into eight terminals, all of which are connected by the monorail Airtrain. Besides circling the airport this Airtrain also has a spur that connects the airport to the Howard Beach and Jamaica stations on the NYC subway system.
However, just because the airport is connected to the subway system doesn’t mean it’s a convenient option for travel into Manhattan, as the trip takes longer than one hour and the subway system is ill fitted for traveling with large suitcases. Instead travelers should consider taking a taxi from the airport to Manhattan for the flat fare of $52. Using a taxi the trip from the JFK International Airport to The MAve boutique hotel in Manhattan’s Flatiron District should take approximately 30 minutes, door to door.
When it comes time to depart New York travelers should allocate themselves some extra time to navigate both the traffic to the airport and the lengthy check-in and security lines at the airport. Unfortunately, because of the sheer volume of flights handled by the airport, on-tarmac delays are not uncommon.
For anyone with time to kill at the airport the place to go is the Shops at Terminal 4. The airport’s shopping mall, the Shops at Terminal 4 has a little something for everyone as there are dozens of shops and duty-free shopping available.