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About JFK Airport

John F. Kennedy International Airport is an international airport located in Queens, in southeastern New York City and about 12 miles from Lower Manhattan. Originally known as the Idlewild Airport, it was renamed in 1963 in memory of the late President John F. Kennedy. It is colloquially referred to simply as "Kennedy" or "JFK".

JFK airport is the newest and busiest of the New York metropolitan area's three primary commercial airports. It is the top international air passenger gateway to the United States and is also the leading freight gateway to the country by value of shipments.

The five largest airlines at JFK in market share are JetBlue Airway, Delta Airlines/Connection, American Airlines, British Airways, and United Airlines.

In 2007 the airport handled 48.9 million passengers; Newark Liberty International Airport handled about 37.3 million and LaGuardia Airport about 25.3 million, making for a total of approximately 111 million travelers using New York's airports, making New York the busiest airport system in the United states in terms of passenger numbers.

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