One of the best airports in the world? Please....
I like JFK
and it is my "local" int'l airport, even though it is some 70 miles away from my house. But I have never felt it was a world-class airport. It is always under some sort of construction, the mass transit choices to Manhattan are interesting to say to least (downright terrible if you want to be mean about it), and the road choices are always congested and slow. In fact, the Van Wyck (an interstate, I might add) has a 35 mph speed limit in one stretch near JFK
With that said, I think the AirTrain is a big plus. It definitely helps close the distance of the long-term lot (which is always full or near to capacity on weekends) and rental car facilities. It beats the heck out of the slow busses they used to run. I think JFK
has some of the most unique terminal architecture in the world, with T1 and T4
being modern world-class facilities, while T3
(now Delta, former Pan Am Worldport) and T5
(former TWA Saarinen building) are instantly recognizable landmarks. I think JetBlue has done a decent job rehabilitating T6
over the last four years and T7
is looking better too. But traffic is always a constant problem and most of the terminals do not have dedicated drop-off and pick-up areas.
I like JFKs variety of aircraft and airlines, probably the most diverse in the USA. After all, until October last year, it was the only US airport where you could see Concorde on a regular basis!
How would I improve JFK
? If money were no object, I'd find a way to connect AirTrain with Manhattan, preferably either to Grand Central or Penn Station. Don't worry, I know that will never happen, but I can't help thinking it only goes halfway at the moment. I also think JFK
needs better and more secure parking. The long term lot is literally 3 miles from some of the terminals! Finally, I would like to see a safe, dedicated place to watch aircraft - don't treat spotters like criminals! Use metal detectors or whatever, but so many of the best JFK
ramp views are only available on the wrong side of the security gates!