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As we are exploring terminals of airlines at various airports in the United States, we will discover the American Airlines Terminal at JFK today. So without further delay, let’s get started.

Which terminal is American Airlines in JFK?

There are six passenger terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) namely Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 4, Terminal 5, Terminal 7, and Terminal 8. You might not see Terminal 3 and Terminal 6 because these terminals were demolished in 2013 and 2011 respectively.

There are lots of domestic and international carriers operating flights to various destinations across the globe from New York-JFK airport. Today, we are especially focusing on the American Airlines Terminal at JFK.

American Airlines Terminal at JFK

American Airlines uses Terminal 8 at JFK Airport for its flights. Besides, Terminal 5 and Terminal 7 are also used but only for codeshare flights operated by other airlines in codeshare agreements with AA.

The AA Ticket Counters at JFK Terminal 8 is open daily from 3:30 am to 10 pm. All terminal facilities are available including:

  • Mobile Boarding Passes
  • TSA Precheck
  • Clubs and Lounges
  • Priority Benefits
  • Curbside Check-in
  • Self-Service Check-in
  • Flagship First Check-in
  • Five Star Service
  • TDD Service

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before embarking on your journey, it is crucial to verify if your destination has any travel restrictions in place. Additionally, if your destination requires specific travel documents, please ensure that you have a completed copy of those documents with you at the airport.

With this basic introduction, it’s time to explore the AA Terminal in detail.


Are you traveling with your pets via an American Airlines flight?

If yes, please go through the AA Pet Policy, and follow all guidelines so that, you can travel safely with your beloved pets.

JFK Ground Transportation Facility


Passengers can reach American Airlines JFK Terminal 8 with train services, taxis, and shuttle buses.

  • Taxis – All JFK Terminals feature a taxi stand outside.
  • Train – Long Island Rail Road, and JFK AirTrain services are offered at every terminal.
  • Bus – Bus departs every 10 minutes to and from the Main Terminal Area.

American Airlines Terminal at JFK Map

JFK Terminals are arranged or designed in a deformed U-shaped wavy pattern as you can see in the terminal map below. The central section holds parking spaces known as Blue Parking and Orange Parking. Around these parking spaces, you can see Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 4, Terminal 5, Terminal 7 and Terminal 8.

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JFK Terminal Map (American Airlines Terminal at JFK)

Terminal 8 is just opposite to Red Parking area which is accessible via Air Train Route and JFK Express Way.

American Airlines JFK Terminal Directions

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Once you reach New York JFK Airport premises, you can use the JFK Expressway or JFK Access Road to reach Terminal 8. Light rail services are also available which are categorized as AirTrain JFK Gold, AirTrain JFK Green, and AirTrain JFK Road (See in the image above). Also, you have option to use public bus services.

To reach AA Terminal 8 at JFK, you need to stop near the JFK Red Parking zone. If you are in a private vehicle, you can reach directly to the entrance. In the case of public buses, there is an inner Terminal Roadway Bus Stop Q3 near Terminal 8.

American Airlines Terminal at JFK Arrivals

All American Airlines arrival flights are handled from Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). AA operates flights to almost all major domestic destinations across the United States and some international routes from JFK.

AA also operates arrivals flights from Terminal 5 and Terminal 7 at JFK however, flights from these terminals are conducted by airlines in codeshare agreements with AA. 

JetBlue Airways, British Airways, Iberia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Finnair, Japan Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian and Cathay Pacific operate flights from Terminal 5 and 7 at JFK via codeshare agreement with American Airlines.

American Airlines Terminal at JFK Departures

Like Arrivals, American Airlines Departure Flights are also operated from Terminal 8 at New York-JFK. Airlines in codeshare agreements with AA operate codeshare flights from Terminal 5 and Terminal 7. (Airlines having codeshare agreements with AA are mentioned above.)

American Airlines Terminal at JFK Lounge

Notes: AA has made temporary changes to the food and drinks service to meet the new guidelines. Explore more about the changes.

AA Flagship Lounge (American Airlines Terminal at JFK)

American Airlines offers Flagship Lounge at New York-JFK which is located on the Mezzanine Level after the Concourse B security checkpoint at Terminal 8. It is open daily from 4:30 in the morning till 11:15 at night.

The AA Flagship Lounge provides various amenities and services including premium lounges, delicious foods, beverages, and much more.

Attractive amenities offered by the Flagship Lounge are:

  • Chef-Inspired Meals
  • Premium Wine Table
  • Personalized Service
  • Expansive Seating
  • Specialty Cocktail Bar
  • Shower Suites

You can access this premium Flagship lounge using a single visit pass, concierge key, qualified for First and Business Class or Qualified for AAdvantage and Mileage Plan.

American Airlines Terminal at JFK Admirals Club

In addition to the Flagship Lounge, AA also features its famous Admirals Club at JFK. There are two Admirals Clubs at New York-JFK Terminal 8; one at Concourse B and the other at Concourse C.

Located on the mezzanine level after Concourse B Security Checkpoint, the Admirals Club is open daily from 4 am till 10:30 at night. This club is equipped with 1 conference room with a seating capacity of 22. Services include a full-service bar, complimentary Wi-Fi, complementary foods and drinks, and a kids’ room.


The second Admirals Club is located on the third floor after the security checkpoint across from Gate 42 at Terminal 8. It is also open from 4 am to 10:30 pm and offers the same amenities that we discussed above. There are no conference rooms available at this Club.

Some exciting amenities offered by the Admirals Club include:

  • House Drinks
  • Made-to-order Specialties
  • Personal Travel Assistance
  • Shower Suites
  • Business Center
  • Free Digital Magazines and Newspapers
  • Admirals Club Wi-Fi

To access the AA Admirals Club, you have options to purchase a one-day pass, become a member, qualify First and Business, Qualifying AAdvantage, and others.

Food, and Shopping Facilities at JFK Terminal 8

In addition to the lounge facility, American Airlines passengers can visit top-quality restaurants, and retail shops in JFK Terminal 8 for dining, and shopping experiences.

Restaurants in JFK Terminal 8

Abitinos PizzaConcourse C near Gate 38
Main Terminal
Angelina’s Metro MarketArrivals
Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts/HudsonGate 42
Bobby Van’s SteakhouseMain Terminal
CascataConcourse C near Gate 34
Cibo Express Gourment MarketGate 7
Drink Martini BarConcourse B near Gate 6
Dunkin DonutsArrivals
Mezze CafeMain Terminal
New York Sports BarConcourse B Near Gate 10
O’NealsConcourse B Near Gate 6
SoHo BistroConcourse C Near Gate 43
StarbucksMain Terminal

Shops in JFK Terminal 8

Best Buy Automated RetailFood Court
BvlgariMain Terminal
HudsonConcourse B across from Gate 6
Concourse B near Gate 12
Concourse B near Gate 3
Concourse C near Gate 44
Concourse C across from Gate 35
Concourse C across from Gate 42
Hugo BossMain Terminal
InMotion Concourse B across from Gate 10
InMotion EntertainmentConcourse C near Gate 44
International ShoppesConcourse B near Gate 10
Concourse C near Gate 42
Main Terminal
Kylie CosmeticsConcourse C (across from C2 Currency Exchange)
Licorice & PretzelsConcourse B near Gate 14
Michael KorsMain Terminal
New York OriginalsConcourse B near Gate 8
Salvatore FerragamoMain Terminal
Sims on the GoArrivals
SolsticeConcourse B near Gate 10
Tag Heuer/MontBlancMain Terminal
Victoria’s SecretConcourse B near Gate 8

American Airlines Terminal at JFK Food


The following table represents various food options available at American Airlines Admirals Club.

Breakfast TacosBBQ Slider BarFreshley brewed La Colombe Coffee
Scrambled EggsTaco BarBarista-style Espresso and Lattes
Hard-Boiled EggsItalian Hero BarHandcrafted artisanal teas by Tealeaves
Oatmeal, Cereal and GranolaHeary Soups and CrackersFreshly Brewed Iced Tea
Assorted Fresh-cut fruit and whole fruitAssorted Dips and CruditeComplimentary House wine, beer and spirits
Greek YogurtWhole Fruit
Bagels and English MuffinsCheddar and Colby Cheese
Lemon-glazed CakeSnack Mixes
Made-to-order Avocado toast compliments of MastercardMarshmallow treats, cookies and brownie bites.
Made-to-order guacamole compliments of Mastercard

Notes: AA has made temporary changes to the food and drinks service to meet the new guidelines. Explore more about the changes.

American Airlines Terminal at JFK Flight Status

The flight status of American Airlines at New York-JFK Airport can be obtained from the airport’s official website or the flight status services available at the AA official site. If you want a detailed technical guide to check flight status and track live AA flights, we have prepared a technical blog covering this topic. So, check it out here.

American Airlines Terminal at JFK Parking

You will find various parking spaces near Terminals at New York-JFK airport. The parking spaces are named Red Parking, Orange Parking, Yellow Parking, Blue Parking, and Green Parking.

The parking location near Terminal 8 from where AA operates at JFK is the Red Parking zone. You can park at any other parking space however, the red lot can be used for quick access to Terminal 8.

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JFK Terminal Map (American Airlines Terminal at JFK)

For your convenience, the airport offers an online booking service for parking spaces. To book, you need to visit the JFK official website and select entry date, entry time, exit date, exit time and terminal. After that, you will find all the information including charges and facilities. Finally, you can confirm your booking and secure a parking space for your vehicle. 

At present, JFK doesn’t accept cash payment in the Terminal 8 Red Parking zone, Terminal 7 Orange Parking, Terminal 5 Yellow Parking and Long Term Lot 9/Economy spaces so, you need to pay using Credit Card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover), Debit Card, EZ-Pass Plus or Contactless Payment options including Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.

Cash payment is only accepted at Green Parking spaces located near Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Car Rental Services at JFK Airport

There are 10 popular car rental agencies offering easy rental services at JFK Airport. Passengers can find rental car counters or courtesy telephone with instructions on contacting available car rental companies.

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, Sixt, and Thrifty are the rental car companies available at JFK Airport.

The car rental section can be found on the arrivals level of each terminal (near the baggage carousel most of the time). In addition to car rental, you can access a for-hire vehicle.

How many terminals in JFK?

There are six terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and they are Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 4, Terminal 5, Terminal 7 and Terminal 8.

What terminal is American Airlines Departures at JFK?

American Airlines operates departure flights from Terminal 8 at JFK. Codeshare flights depart from Terminal 5 and Terminal 7.

What terminal is American Airlines Arrivals at JFK?

American Airlines operates arrival flights from Terminal 8 at JFK. Codeshare flights arrive at Terminal 5 and Terminal 7.

Is American Airlines Terminal 8 at JFK?

Yes, American Airlines operates from Terminal 8 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York.

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Suman Karki
Suman Karki is the founder of the AviaTech Channel blog and YouTube Channel. He is a passionate aviation enthusiast and holds experience working as a Ground Operations Officer for Swissport International. He is currently serving as a Flight Data Feeder for FlightAware (a US-based company for Flight Tracking). Besides, he has worked as an aviation content editor for various aviation media.


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