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Air Travel in New York

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NYC's three major airports serve over 90 million people per year. Due to the large numbers of people passing through these facilities, air travelers need to be prepared for delays, cancellations, and overbookings - especially during peak travel times such as holidays. Since September 11, 2001 security at all three major airports has become even tighter. Be prepared for long delays and random searches. Be sure to arrive at the airport at least 1 1/2 hours before your plane is due to take off. Before heading to the airport, always call your airline to confirm the time of your flight and your seat on it.

TYPTip: Due to crowded flights, there are often baggage restrictions, especially on discount carriers such as Southwest and Jet Blue - check with your airline to find out how many pieces you can carry on and how many you can check. Be careful to stay within the size guidelines for the carry-ons, they are enforced and you may end up having to check something that you would rather have with you.

Security is tight at all three airports - do not expect to be dropped off or picked up at your gate. Anyone with out a ticket is prohibited from going any further than the x-ray machines. If someone is picking you up, they have to wait outside of the baggage claim area - and warn them not to leave their car unattended by the curb, there is a good chance it will be ticketed and towed. At JFK, cars are not even allowed to stop at the curb in the arrivals area unless your party is already waiting there for you. No waiting is allowed.

When you are traveling to NYC from an international destination, you'll have to deal with Customs. On your flight into NYC, the flight attendant will hand out Customs Declarations forms. Only one form is required per family. Here are the items you will be asked about on the Customs form:

Duty Free: US residents have a duty free exemption of $400, or $600 if returning from a Carribean basin country. Non-residents have a duty-free exemption of $100. Anything over that needs to be declared.
Flora, Fauna, etc.: Passengers should have permits for fruits, vegetables, plants, meats, birds, etc prior to arriving in the US. Visitors from a country in which they might have come into contact with Foot and Mouth Disease may encounter additional questions/restrictions upon entering the country.
Currency: All passengers must declare currency or monetary instruments over $10,000 US.
For non-US citizens, flight attendants will distribute an Immigration Arrival/Departure record form. Every non-US citizen except permanent residents in possession of a green card or Canadian citizens, must complete the Immigration form. Visitors with visas fill out the white immigration forms. Visitors without visas fill out green visa-waiver forms.
INSPASS is a service available for travelers who fly overseas frequently. It uses electronic recognition of several pre-programmed factors to reduce the amount of time needed to get through immigration. INSPASS is available to certain individuals who take at least 3 international trips a year. Citizens of the USA, Canada, Bermuda and several Visa Waiver Program Countries (VWPP) are eligible to enroll in INSPASS. Registration for INSPASS takes approximately 15 minutes and can be done while you are waiting for your international departing flight.
Click here for more information on Customs and Immigration. For General Information about the three airports, visit www.panynj.gov, the website for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The following charts indicate travel times to major cities within the US and abroad.

Distances
Time
City
Miles
Kilometer
Air
Driving
Rail
Boston
216
360
1h 20m
4h 30m
4h 50m
New Orleans
1406
2343
3h 25m
28h 07m
11h 34m
Houston
1421
2287
3h 45m
36h 15m
30h
Los Angeles
2911
4851
6h 10m
59h
62h
Seattle
3025
5041
6h 10m
61h
63h 10m
St. Louis
969
1615
2h 54m
19h 30m
26h 20m
San Francisco
3082
5136
6h 20m
61h 30m
71h 50m
Washington, DC
236
393
1h 22m
4h 45m
3h 5m
Denver
1852
3087
4h 36m
37h
37h 55m
Miami
1325
2208
3h 04m
26h 30m
27h 25m
Atlanta
863
1438
2h 27m
17h 30m
18h 39m
Chicago
818
1363
2h 24m
16h 30m
19h 30m
Vancouver
2425
2919
10h 08m
55h
69h 30m
Toronto
347
558
1h 45m
9h 30m
10h 45m
Montreal
334
537
1h 45m
7h
9h 30m
Vacation destinations in Caribbean & Mexico
Direct flights from New York Airports
Distances
Time
City
Miles
Kilometers
by Air
San Juan, PR
1603
2580
3h 56m
Jamaica
1570
2527
3h 45m
Cancun
1542
2482
4h 09m
Bermuda
769
1238
2h 11m
Distance and Travel Times from NYC to Major World Cites
City
Distance
(mi)
Distance
(km)
Time

Amsterdam

Berlin

Bogata Col.

3652

3975

2480

5877

6398

3991

13h 20m

13h 20m

5h 40m

Buenos Aires

Budapest

Frankfurt

5253

4376

3862

8454

7043

6215

12h 30m

7h 40m

7h 40m

Helsinki

Hong Kong

Mexico City

London

4123

8098

2086

3411

6635

13033

3357

5585

7h 40m

49h

5h 40m

6h 45m

Paris
3635
5851
6h 55m

Prague

Riga

Rome

St. Petersburg

Singapore

Stockholm

Tokyo

Warsaw

4094

877

4298

4291

9534

3934

6760

4261

6917

877

6917

6906

15343

6332

10879

6857

8h 10m

14h 10m

7h 55m

18h 10 m

31h

13h 15m

14h 25m

14h

Air Travel in New York