Over the course of 2016, some 58.9 million passengers had passed through John F. Kennedy International Airport, making it one of the busiest airports in the United States and the single busiest airport for international travelers entering the country.
John F. Kennedy Interational Airport — commonly known as “JFK” — was built in the 1940s as only a supplement to LaGuardia Airport. When it opened in 1948, it was known as New York International Airport-Anderson Field, or more simply Idlewild (in honor of the golf course demolished to make way for the runways and terminals).
Less than a month after President Kennedy was assassinated, the airport was renamed in his honor. And the adjunct airport quickly surpassed LaGuardia in capacity.
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