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JFK International Airport

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John F. Kennedy International Airport Delays

Facts and Figures about JFK airport

As one would expect from an airport serving New York City, passenger numbers and flight operations are among the highest in the world. When first built, the airport handled 43 flight operations per day. This figure has increased to over 1,100 plane movements per day, placing JFK Airport among the United States top six busiest airports.

The airport is also one of the busiest in the world in terms of passenger traffic, handling over 50 million passengers in 2013. The number of cargo operations is also significant, with the latest statistics showing that the airport handles 1.3 million tons of air cargo and 100,000 tons of air mail per year. The airport contributes over $30 billion in economic activity to the New York/New Jersey region, and employs 35,000 people directly.

JFK airport's location is very convenient for visitors who need to access Manhattan, as it is only 15 miles away from New York's downtown area. The AirTrain makes travel to, from and around the airport easy for passengers. AirTrain connects with New York City Transit subways and buses and the Long Island Rail road, providing a convenient and cost-effective way to reach JFK.

The airport occupies a total area of 4,930 acres, and its tarmac and runway surface is over 34 miles long. On average, every runway is 98 feet wide. There are seven terminals in operation at JFK airport, which contain 151 boarding gates. More than 70 airlines currently operate in and out of JFK International Airport, including American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Emirates, JetBlue and United Airlines.

A brief History of John F. Kennedy International Airport

The site that today is known as JFK International Airport has been a dedicated air facility since the 1940s. The airport was inaugurated in 1948, and was then given the name of Idleworth airport, as it was built on the site of a former golf course of the same name. Construction of the airport lasted five years, at a total cost of $150 million. In December 1963, the airport's name was changed to John F. Kennedy International in memory of the US president, who had been assassinated a month before.

Flight delayed? Claim your Compensation.

In total, 20.47% of flights in or out of JFK experience a delay of great than 15 minutes, and less than 2% of flights are completely cancelled or diverted. Weather conditions such as fog and snow are the main reasons for delay, accounting for 23 and 15 percent of flight delays each. This is also the reason why the most delays in any month are seen in February.

Passengers flying from or into EU countries who are delayed due to overbooking or other reasons are often entitled to receive compensation from the airline, according to EU regulation. Thus, for flights with delays of over 3 hours you may be eligible to compensation of up to £500. For all flights to and from the EU, passengers can consult Flightright to do all the work and claim their compensation on their behalf.

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

  • gather information
  • Take photos
  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
250 €
< 1,500km
3H Delay
400 €
1,500km - 3,500km
3H Delay
600 €
> 3,500km
3H Delay
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