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OPERATED BY: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, under a lease with the City of New York since June 1, 1947. In 2004, the Port Authority and the City of New York concluded an agreement that ensures the Agency's continued operation of JFK and LaGuardia airports through 2050.

LOCATION: On Jamaica Bay in the southeastern section of Queens County, New York City. The airport is located 15 miles by highway from midtown Manhattan.

SIZE: JFK covers 4,930 acres, including 880 acres in the Central Terminal Area. The airport has more than 30 miles of roadway.

INVESTMENT: About $150 million was expended on original construction. The Port Authority has invested about $7 billion in the airport.

EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC IMPACT: JFK contributes about $30.6 billion in economic activity to the New York/New Jersey region, generating approximately 213,000 total jobs and about $11.3 billion in wages and salaries. Roughly 35,000 people are employed at the airport.

TERMINALS: JFK has six operating airline terminals, surrounded by a dual ring of peripheral taxiways. More than 125 aircraft gates serve the terminals. The Central Terminal Area also includes a central heating and air-conditioning plant.

AIRTRAIN JFK: Opened in 2003, the light-rail service AirTrain connects JFK with the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and New York City subway and bus lines.  At the airport, AirTrain provides fast, free connections between terminals, rental car facilities, hotel shuttle areas, and parking lots.  In 2012, 5.7 million passengers used AirTrain JFK.  Recent improvements include digital signage; expanded closed-circuit televisions; track, switch, and third-rail heaters to improve reliability in cold weather; and a digital audio recording system for monitoring critical communications in real time.

AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER: The 321-foot tower, which opened in 1994, includes state-of-the-art communications, radar and wind-shear alert systems.

PARKING: The airport offers customers over 15,000 parking-spaces in a variety of places, including: multi-level parking garages, surface spaces in the Central Terminal Area, a long-term parking and cell phone lot. A reservation system was introduced in 2011.

CARGO: JFK is one of the world's leading international air cargo centers. The airport offers nearly 4 million square feet of modern, state-of-the-art cargo warehouse and office space. The entire air cargo area is designated as a Foreign-Trade-Zone. JFK serves the world's key air cargo markets though a strong mix of long-haul, direct and nonstop all-cargo aircraft and wide-body passenger aircraft flights.

RUNWAYS/TAXIWAYS: Total runway length is nine miles. Taxiways total 25 miles in length. All runways have high-intensity runway edge lighting, centerline and taxiway exit lighting and are grooved to improve skid resistance and minimize hydroplaning. A 500-foot by 150-foot aircraft arrestor bed has been installed at the end of Runway 4R, the first such arrestor bed in the world. In addition, the Bay Runway reconstruction project expanded 13R-31L from 150 to 200 feet wide in 2011.

JFK Airport Statistics Over the Years

Year Plane Movements Passengers Air Cargo (tons) Air Mail (tons)
2012 401,680 49,292,733 1,318,834 93,672
2011 408,913 47,683,529 1,387,330 99,982
2010 397,633 46,514,154 1,379,733 102,215
2009 414,928 45,915,069 1,115,742 105,738
2008 438,391 47,807,475 1,474,438 125,890
2007 443,752 47,716,941 1,656,431 115,363
2006 378,410 42,629,407 1,705,911 99,869
2005 349,518 40,884,350 1,747,626 83,202
2004 320,013 37,517,496 1,790,448 88,738
2003 280,302 31,732,446 1,709,457 84,243
2002 287,699 29,939,212 1,668,369 84,422
2001 294,026 29,350,052 1,521,498 126,934
2000 345,311 32,827,864 1,864,571 140,908
1999 343,388 31,708,431 1,752,821 153,238
1998 343,565 31,708,431 1,626,133 144,622
1997 353,171 31,357,431 1,702,285 134,137
1995 340,124 31,377,579 1,637,677 117,526
1990 303,716 29,794,350 1,331,182 126,871
1980 307,527 26,796,066 1,169,815 142,406
1970 365,848 19,096,705 759,546 143,882
1960 248,686 8,803,665 138,055 44,118
1949 81,115 222,620 4,580 1,150

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