Air Cargo at John F. Kennedy International Airport

A photo of a parked cargo plane.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is a leading international air cargo center. The facility has more than four million square feet of office and warehouse space dedicated to cargo operations serving the NY/NJ region, and capacity continues to expand. Substantial investment has consolidated and streamlined cargo movement at the airport.

At the 2009 Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards, JFK was named the best cargo airport in North America in a survey conducted by Cargonews Asia, the Asian region's leading freight industry publication.

The region's biggest and busiest air cargo airport easily accommodates long-haul direct and nonstop international/transcontinental traffic. Located on Jamaica Bay in Queens, New York, the airport is just 7 miles from LaGuardia Airport (LGA), 20 miles from Newark International and 15 miles from downtown Manhattan.

Facts about JFK's air cargo operations

  • The total air cargo area is 1,700 acres.
  • The entire air cargo area is designated as a Foreign-Trade Zone.
    It is a world leader in modern automated and computer-controlled cargo terminals.
  • Home to the northeast region's U.S. Customs headquarters and the first air cargo center in the U.S. to use the AMS computerized customs clearance system.
  • More than 100 scheduled and nonscheduled carriers with over 1,000 plane movements daily reach hundreds of cities worldwide.
  • Accommodates all aircraft loading: both narrow- and wide-body upper deck and narrow-body belly.
  • Four million square feet of warehouse and storage facilities, including climate-controlled areas and areas for inspection, assembly, etc.
  • 1,000 cargo companies are based here.
  • Hundreds of long-haul and short-haul trucking companies use JFK's cargo facilities.
  • The cargo area is convenient to nine passenger terminals accommodating over 45 million passengers annually.


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