Press Release Article


Date: Apr 18, 2005
Press Release Number: 41-2005

Due to ongoing construction of a new state-of-the-art parking facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the parking lot directly across from the American Airlines terminals remains closed, reducing the amount of current parking at the airport. The new facility, which will provide 1,940 public parking spaces, is expected to be completed in early 2007.

Customers are encouraged to use public transportation to access AirTrain JFK at the Jamaica or Howard Beach/JFK Airport subway stations or to use the Kiss-and-Fly drop-off at AirTrain Station B, at Lefferts Boulevard, where passengers can ride AirTrain JFK free.

For short-term parking, American Airlines customers can use an alternate parking lot, which is easily accessible by following the Terminals 8 and 9 parking signs on the Van Wyck and JFK expressways. Parking for the first hour is free and free shuttle service to the terminals departs from the lot every 15 minutes. E-ZPass Plus will not be available in this lot.

For long-term parking, American Airlines customers are advised to use the long-term parking lot and ride AirTrain JFK free of charge to get to the American Airlines terminals.

In 2004, 37.5 million passengers passed through Kennedy Airport, representing an 18 percent increase over 2003 and making it the fastest-growing airport in the region and one of the fastest-growing airports in the nation.

Renewed air traveler confidence, extensive public and private investments, strong demand and low airfares helped the Port Authority – operator of the nation’s largest airport system – to reach the new record a year earlier than originally anticipated. The previous annual record of 92,419,554 passengers was set in 2000. Passenger traffic fell sharply following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

For more information customers can call the Port Authority’s parking hotline at 718 244-4444. Information also is available at

Contact: Tony Ciavolella
Port Authority
212 435-7777

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