Located in the New York borough of Queens, John F. Kennedy International Airport, or JFK as the locals call it, is approximately 20km southeast of Lower Manhattan. The largest of all the New York airports, it is also the busiest servicing more than 41 million passengers annually. A bustling international gateway, John F. Kennedy International Airport operates flights to a number of destinations both within the United States and overseas including Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia/New Zealand and the Pacific.
JFK is the primary transportation hub for United Airlines and secondary for America West and Alaska Airlines as well as a focus city for Air New Zealand and American Airlines. The John F. Kennedy International Airport boasts 125 aircraft gates spread over 8 terminals where over 100 airlines arrive and depart. This New York airport is also home to more than 15km of runway and over 40km of taxiways used for moving aircraft around the airport.
In 2011, more than 47 million people passed through John F. Kennedy International Airport and with so many passengers arriving and departing this busy New York airport, easy access is essential. The airport is home to parking for more than 18,000 vehicles and offers parking in short term, long term and even a cell phone lot. An Airtrain connects to the city's Subway and the Long Island Railroad while taxis are also available from the airport costing approximately $45 to Manhattan and between $20 to $64 around the city to destinations such as the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.
The outer lying airports of LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International, together with JFK International, are jointly operated by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority and make up the United States' largest airport system. These New York airports are also the world's second largest airport system when it comes to passenger traffic and the world's largest in terms of total flight operations. JFK is approximately 30 minutes from Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, American Museum of Natural History and a number of other popular attractions.