New York’s JLSC and BWIA were created by the US Air Force

BWIA and JLSC New York-Newark-JFK Airport These two airports share one of the most remarkable stories in the history of aviation. They were constructed by and with the help of the US Air Force…

New York's JLSC and BWIA were created by the US Air Force

BWIA and JLSC New York-Newark-JFK Airport

These two airports share one of the most remarkable stories in the history of aviation. They were constructed by and with the help of the US Air Force and the state of New York in the 1950s at a cost of $955m. The mission was to create a model to help train other nations in developing their own airports. In the 1960s, JLSC and BWIA were also used as military bases.

Over the past two decades, JLSC and BWIA have developed into two of the world’s busiest international airports. From domestic to international arrivals, flying into New York City could involve stopping off in Montreal and Toronto before arriving on US soil.

For travelers, the odd snafu is nothing new. In 2002, JLSC faced a $5m fine after it damaged a US Airways plane by cutting a line of electricity at one of its two runways. BWIA, though, suffered an even bigger disruption in 2014 when a fire raged through an airfield maintenance facility.

JLSC and BWIA have a combined annual capacity of 118 million passengers, making them two of the world’s top 25 busiest airports.

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