International flights are a luxury for most people, but not so much in the US.
When international travel is on your mind, there’s no better place to visit than the United States of America. The country houses some of the best international flights and airports in North America and abroad. Here are four international flights that come highly recommended:
Lihue Airport (Hawaii)
Lihue Airport is a public international airport located in Lihue, Kauai County, Hawaii. It was built in 1943 by the U.S. Navy and placed under civilian control in 1947. The facility is operated by the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HIDOT).
It has one passenger terminal building which handles international flights only; all other flights operate from separate buildings on either side of the runway. Hawaiian Airlines provides interisland service to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) and Kahului Airport (OGG); while United Airlines offers connections to mainland U.S., international destinations, Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Kahului Airport (OGG), Kona International Airport at Keahole Point (KOA) and Lihue Airport (LIH) on Hawaii island.
John F Kennedy International Airport (New York City)
John F Kennedy international airport is the New York City international gateway and one of the busiest in America. It handles more than 50 million international passengers a year, and ranks as one of the world’s top 10 airports by international passenger traffic.
John F Kennedy International Airport has four runways, with two perpendicular pairs intersecting at either end. The largest terminal is Terminal 4 (T4), which opened in 1998 to replace T3 – its former name was “Terminal 3”. This terminal has 26 gates on three levels, giving it a total capacity of about 14 million people per annum. It also houses US Customs & Border Protection facilities for international arrivals. There are other terminals too: T1 opened in 1957; T2 opened in 1962; and T3 opened in 1984.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Chicago)
O’Hare international airport has eight runways, the three longest of which are over 11 000 metres long. This makes it one of the busiest airports in America; it is second only to JFK international airport in New York City. In the 12 months ending October 2008, international passengers at Chicago O’Hare international airport accounted for almost 15% of all international air traffic in the US.
Chicago O’Hare international airport has four international terminals. The largest is Terminal 5 (T5), situated on the site vacated by T2 when it was closed; this terminal opened in 2003 and has 38 international gates. Other international terminals are Terminal 2, opened in 1968; Terminal 1, opened in 1955; and the international terminal of the Donald A. Manzullo international airport (also known as “Terminal 8”), which was built for international flights to/from Mexico City when that city’s main international airport was called Federico Gamboa international airport. The international terminal of Chicago O’Hare international airport can be reached from the main international terminal by a shuttle train.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (Cincinnati)
Cincinnati’s international airport, Northern Kentucky International Airport is the only international airport in Ohio. It was named after the region of Kentucky that it sits on the border of. The international terminal has two concourses and is served by 16 international destinations. The cargo building at CVG offers air freight service to both domestic and international locations as well as general aviation services for aircraft owners who wish to fly privately or charter their own flights. One can find all sorts of shops selling food, souvenirs, clothing and other necessities while waiting for a flight here too. There are three parking garages with 12 thousand spaces available for those traveling via car or truck which are located near baggage claim areas A, B & C respectively. All passengers arriving at CVG international terminal are required to go through international customs which is located right before baggage claim. It is advised that you check with the airline carrier about parking for your vehicle as well as international arrivals procedures before driving down to this international airport.