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Four Things You Didn't Know About JFK Airport

By Travel Savvy

As the busiest international airport in the United States, JFK has six terminals, four runways, and hosts over 70 different airlines, all flying through the Big Apple. 

Today, we invite you to check out our list of four fast facts about this popular international hub.

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JFK International Airport

It’s common knowledge that JFK International Airport was named after President John F. Kennedy. Prior to his assassination in 1963, the airport was named New York International Airport - Anderson Field, and was unofficially known as Idlewild Airport.

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Terminal 5

Terminal 5, also known as T5, was designed by famous architect Eero Saarinen and is shaped like an airplane. Home to low-cost carrier JetBlue, the airline hosts a concert series called “Live From T5,” which has featured artists such as Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, and Daughtry. Rumor has it that T5 may be planning a 500-room hotel in the near future; we'll keep you posted.

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Pop Culture References

Airports are popular settings for movies, and JFK is no exception. Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002), with Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, was filmed at this airport. On the other hand, Spielberg's The Terminal (2004) is set in JFK but actually was filmed elsewhere.

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Terminal 4 Fountain

There was once a massive fountain in front of Terminal 4, and was a spectacular sight to see from the air. Water sprung sixty feet into the air, and lit up into an array of colors nightly. Unfortunately, what was once known as the Fountain of Liberty is now just a parking lot.


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