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John F. Kennedy International Airport
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Serving more than 80 airlines and 130,000 travelers each day, JFK is the busiest of New York's three airports. Originally called Idlewild Airport upon opening in 1948, JFK ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of the number of domestic flights, but accommodates more international travelers than any other U.S. airport. (Queens–based JetBlue is the most-used carrier, accounting for nearly a third of the airport's flights.) JFK has a reputation for delays, however, ranking at the bottom of the three major airports for on-time arrivals and departures. But at least it's garnered the attention of the architecture world, thanks to Eero Saarinen's iconic, abstract design for the now-defunct, but still-standing, Terminal 5.Coming and Going
A yellow cab between JFK and any point in Manhattan costs a flat fee of $45, plus tolls; taxi stands are set up outside each terminal. A car service—which must be arranged in advance—from Manhattan to JFK can range from $45–$48; a trip in the other direction can cost $40–$49. By public transportation, the AirTrain elevated tram serves all terminals and connects to the E, J, and Z subway lines at Sutphin Blvd. and the A train at Howard Beach. The AirTrain costs $5 (unlimited MetroCards can't be used); the subway, $2.25; a seat on a SuperShuttle van (800-258-3826 or via the SuperShuttle phone at the Ground Transportation Center) is $21.