July 24, 2015 New York USA Americas

JFK Terminal 1: A General Overview

Until today, with the hundreds of flights I've taken and dozens cities I've visited, entering a new airport still gives me goose bumps, igniting a feeling of joy and wonder like a child visiting Disneyland for the first time. I love traveling so much that I could live in airports and planes for a lifetime. Today, I was seeing JFK's Terminal 1 for the first time. 


JFK Terminal 1 is considered a small airport, unless you want to consider JFK, with its seven terminals, as one. A hall with a dozen gates divided into two corridors where the Air France lounge occupies one end.

Check-in and prepare to wait for the security check. A tremendous line awaits, unless you're a business class traveler, with only one line and around 50 people before you. 

The Terminal has a wide selection of shops and restaurants as well as cigarette booths and SIM cards rental stalls. What caught my attention is the presence of Victoria's Secret as well as a shop selling the famous American pill jars.


The shops:

  • Duty Free international shops for perfume, alcohol and chocolates.
  • Micheal Kors.
  • L'Occitane en Provence.
  • Shiseido.
  • Mont Blanc.
  • La Prairie.
  • Cartier.
  • Currency Exchange.
  • Hermes.
  • Bulgari.
  • Hudson News.
  • Harley Davidson.
  • Coach.
  • Salvatore Ferragamo.
  • New York Gifts.
  • XpresSpa: Facial and Massage.
  • Vitamins and Technology.
  • Victoria's Secret.
  • Tumi.
  • Juicy Couture.
  • YesAll Clothes.


Food Choices:

  • Eat and Go Istanbul Food.
  • Panini Express.
  • Martini Bar.
  • Lavazza Cafe.
  • The Local @ JFK for food and Drinks.
  • Starbucks Coffee.

With high ceiling and lights entering through the glass facades, JFK Terminal 1, painted in white, is relaxing. If you're passing through, now you know what to expect.


Air France Business Lounge at JFK Terminal 1


Balkoumi: Coffee, Bites and Yogurt Only Before Check-In