New York JFK Airport’s Largest Foreign Airlines By Passengers Carried

New York JFK is one of the most important intercontinental air hubs in the US, North America, and even the world as a whole. A wide variety of airlines connect it to an even wider range of worldwide destinations, with some carriers having a particularly extensive presence. Let’s see which are JFK’s largest non-US airlines.

1) Emirates

Dubai-based UAE flag carrier Emirates takes the top spot, as per data from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the 12-month period ending in April 2022. During this time, it served an impressive 540,300 passengers at JFK, accounting for 1.3% of the airport’s total passenger share. This was the same as its share for the year ending March 2022, when it served 495,360 passengers there.


What makes Emirates’ first-place ranking all the more impressive is the fact that it only flies to two destinations from JFK. These are Milan Malpensa, and, of course, its Dubai International (DXB) hub. However, with large aircraft operating multiple flights a day on these high-demand routes, the numbers quickly add up.

2) Avianca

Colombian flag carrier Avianca takes the second-place spot, having carried 528,415 JFK passengers in the 12-month period ending April 2022. The airline flies to rather more destinations from JFK than Emirates, serving Bogotá (up to three times a day), Cali , Cartagena, and Medellín under its mainline brand. Its subsidiaries from Costa Rica, Ecuador, and El Salvador also fly to JFK.

Avianca and its subsidiaries have a strong presence at JFK. Photo: Airbus

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3) Air France

While Emirates and Avianca are the only two carriers to have exceeded the 500,000-passenger mark for the 12-month period ending April 2022, Air France ran the pair pretty close. Overall, the French flag carrier served 482,128 passengers at JFK (1.2% of its annual total), with flights to Paris’s CDG and Orly Airports.

The route from Paris Orly (ORY) to New York JFK typically sees just one flight a day, namely the Boeing 777-200ER-operated AF32. However, CDG sees far more action, with eight JFK-bound departures listed as leaving between 08:30 (AF22) and 19:30 (AF8). Here, it is easy to see how Air France has such a big share.

4) Turkish Airlines

Ranking fourth we have Turkish Airlines, a carrier widely known for being the world’s largest in terms of scheduled worldwide destinations. In the 12-month period ending April 2022, the Turkish national airline accounted for 1.1% of New York JFK’s traffic, flying 455,484 passengers to and from its Istanbul hub.

Turkish Airlines serves both JFK and Newark, with the former seeing three times as many flights. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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Despite Istanbul Airport (IST) being Turkish Airlines’ only destination from JFK, its value as a transit hub drives considerable long-haul traffic. As such, the carrier operates three flights a day on this route, as well as one from neighboring Newark Liberty International (EWR). The aircraft of choice tends to be the Boeing 777-300ER.

5) British Airways

Rounding out the top 5 we have UK flag carrier British Airways, which flies to JFK from London’s Gatwick (LGW) and Heathrow (LHR) airports. The latter of these sees the bulk of the traffic, with 10 flights a day compared to just 1 from Gatwick. With travel from the UK to the US having been restricted for much of the last year, it will be interesting to see BA’s share grow in the coming months.

What do you make of this top five? How many of these carriers have you flown to New York JFK with? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

Source: Port Authority New York and New Jersey

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