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A Brief History of JFK International Airport

Last updated 1 year ago

Today John F. Kennedy International Airport is one of the busiest sky travel hubs in the world. Before 1942, this area was still Idewild Golf Course, however. Keep reading to see how it went from grassy green to center of international travel:

The city started to fill in the golf course in April 1942, with plans to build a small and simple airport. The original plan called for only 1,000 acres. Upon completion, the airport reached to about 5,000 acres. Originally called Idlewild Airport, this hub started serving commercial flights in July of 1948. It was renamed on December 24, 1963 to honor President Kennedy after his assassination.

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