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United States of America (USA) - Getting There By Air

The majority of travelers to the United States enter the country by air, and there are direct flights to many US destinations from cities around the globe. Flights from London to New York take just seven hours (approximately); a nonstop flight from London to Los Angeles will take approximately 11 hours. A journey from Sydney to Los Angeles will take over 13 hours. If you're flying from Sydney to New York, you should expect to be traveling for almost a whole day; therefore, it is advisable to break up your journey.

There are a number of major national airlines, including American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways.

The main international airports in the United States are located in Boston, New York, Washington, Miami, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Atlanta, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, with connections to domestic airports throughout the country.

The following provides further information on international airports in the USA and the airlines which serve them:

New York

· La Guardia International Airport

This airport is managed by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey who have full control over the airport. The airport is located in Queens, New York City and is eight miles from Manhattan.

· John F Kennedy Airport

JFK International Airport is owned and managed by the Port Authority of New York City & New Jersey. It’s a well-known airport and has been in operation since the late 1940s. The airport is located in Queen’s and is fifteen miles from midtown Manhattan. Easily accessible via the highway, JFK is the most popular airport for international users.

· Newark Airport

Newark Airport is situated in New Jersey. This is the oldest airport in the US and has spearheaded much of the nation’s aviation history. Close to Manhattan, Newark Airport is easily accessible by car or rail.

Los Angeles

· Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

This international airport is owned by the city itself and is the main international airport that serves LA. The airport is the sixth busiest airport in the world and is the third busiest in the country. There are nine passenger terminals and the airport has great shopping facilities along with various bars and lounges.


· Chicago O’Hare Airport

This international airport serves Chicago and the airport is easily accessed via all major routes from the city. The airport is fully functional and has every facility available for passengers arriving and departing from the airport.

· Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport serves as the gateway to the sunshine state of Florida and Latin America. The airport is situated close to downtown Miami and has an array of facilities to suit every passenger and their needs. Shopping areas, bars and restaurants are available for passengers.


British Airways operate direct flights to many American cities, including New York and San Francisco, from London airports. There are over 14 daily flights available into New York from London. Flights from mainland Europe often change at London Heathrow - from here, travel to major international airports in the US is direct.

British Airways do partner with American Airlines and you may well find yourself on an American Airline aircraft even if your flight operator is British Airways.

KLM or Royal Dutch Airline is co-owned by Air France. Departing from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, it flies direct to a number of international airports in the US.

United Airlines, an American airline which is universally known, operates from London Heathrow Airport.

Other airlines operate indirect flights with changes mainly via London Heathrow if coming from Europe. Customers from the Far East and Australia can book direct flights to a number of international airports in the US.

Flight times from London to New York are approximately eight hours depending on tail winds and weather conditions.

All major airports are well-connected with main highways and freeways to and from the airports. Facilities are excellent and there are full parking services from valet parking to self-serve parking options. All services can be booked online prior to travel.

Car Hire Options

All of the international airports in the US have the major global car rental firms that you recognise and trust.

· Avis

· Hertz

· Dollar

The US provides a great range of car rental firms and all arrival halls have car rental desks which are manned up to midnight seven days a week.

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