Air Cargo at John F. Kennedy International Airport

A photo of a parked cargo plane.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is a leading international air cargo center. The facility has nearly four million square feet of office and warehouse space dedicated to cargo operations serving the NY/NJ region, and is served by passenger airlines, all-cargo airlines and by integrators that move international and domestic cargo.

The region's biggest and busiest air cargo airport easily accommodates long-haul direct and nonstop international/transcontinental traffic. Located on Jamaica Bay in Queens, New York, the airport is just 7 miles from LaGuardia Airport (LGA), 20 miles from Newark International and 15 miles from downtown Manhattan.

Facts about JFK's air cargo operations

  • JFK handles nearly 1.4 million tons of air cargo annually.
  • The total air cargo area is 1,700 acres.
  • The entire air cargo area is designated as a Foreign-Trade Zone.
  • Home to the northeast region's U.S. Customs headquarters.
  • More than 100 scheduled and nonscheduled carriers with over 1,000 plane movements daily reach hundreds of cities worldwide.
  • Accommodates all aircraft loading and handling including B747-8F aircraft.
  • Nearly four million square feet of warehouse and storage facilities, including climate-controlled, cold-chain, and animal handling capabilities.
  • The JFK region is home to nearly 1000 companies involved in the transportation of air cargo including approximately 600 international freight forwarders.
  • Hundreds of long-haul and short-haul trucking companies use JFK's cargo facilities.
  • The cargo area is convenient to seven passenger terminals accommodating over 55 million passengers annually.
  • JFK is the number one airport in North America in terms of cargo value.


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