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New York John F. Kennedy International Airport

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Continent: North America Country: United States Region: New York


New York
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Location New York, New York
IATA code JFK
ICAO code KJFK
Airport type Commercial
Website http://www.kennedyairport.com
Overview map Google Maps
Communications
Tower 119.10 - 4R/22L, 13L/31R
123.90 - 4L/22R, 13R/31L
Ground 121.90 North
121.65 South
Clearance 135.05
Approach 127.40 CAMRN (South/West)
125.70 ROBER (North)
132.40 Final Vectors
Departure135.90
ATIS 115.10 Arrivals
128.725 Departures
Departure122.95
Plane Spotting Hotels guide

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is the largest airport in the New York area and is located just 12 miles from Manhattan. JFK handles over 50 million passengers annually, making it the busiest international gateway in the US.

Official Spotting Locations

There are no official spotting locations at JFK.

Other Spotting Locations

Terminal 7 departure lounge

Ideal for activity on 13L. Great for 13L TDZ shots and gate action.

Bayswater Park

Great for 13R takeoff, 31L landings, 4R landings. On Mott Ave. right off of Sheridan Blvd.

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The Mounds

A large mound next to a football (soccer) field. In between 230 st. and 230 pl., behind the school. Arivals on 22L can be seen from this location, and the light is especally nice during the late evening hours. Locals are typically friendly and on some days you might even enjoy a soccer match while spotting. Be careful of tics.

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Howard Beach

Nicknamed "HoBe", this spot is located on Cross Bay Blvd, and provides and excellent view of planes taking off from runway 31L. The planes turn left after takeoff in the interest of noise abatement, so nice banking shots are common.

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The Ramada Parking Lot

The Ramada parking lot is also a good place for arrivals on 13L. It is located on 144 JFK Airport Drive, and I have not been hassled by police.

Locations to Avoid

Please try to avoid photography from within the airport grounds.

Regular Traffic

Airlines common on a daily basis, and during daylight hours:

American Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, United, British Airways, Air France, LOT, KLM, Emirates, Lufthansa, Iberia, Alitalia, Swiss, Air China, Austrian.

Facilities and Transportation

John F. Kennedy International Airport is served by the AirTrain, which can be a fun, photo-filled experience for a planespotter. The train runs 24/7, 365 days a year and is completely free to ride around JFK Airport. The AirTrain also connects with the paid MTA system and provides quick transit to Manhattan.