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Flights from Cairns (CNS) to New York (JFK)
Reasons to fly with Qantas
Visiting from Cairns to New York (JFK)
When to visit
The best time to visit New York City is from April to June and September to early November when the weather is warm and pleasant, but the crowds are not overwhelming with temperatures around mid 20°C. It’s perfect for sightseeing from Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and Ellis Park. Early fall offers crisp breezes, bright sun and comfortable temperatures while late autumn and winter are good to catch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and holiday decorations. Winter is the coldest time of the year with snow and average temperatures between -3°C to 4°C.
What is the main airport called?
John F. Kennedy International AirportOpens external site in a new window also known as just JFK, is the main airport serving New York City. It's located 25 km from the city centre. The airport is the busiest international air passenger gateway into North America and the 20th-busiest airport in the world. The airport has many retail stores, restaurants and bars, beauty and spa salons, airline lounges, charging stations and wi-fi.
Arriving in New York
The staff at New York Airport will greet you when you land and assist with your needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into New York City from JFK Airport
Once you arrive at New York’s JFK International Airport, there are plenty of transport options to get you into Manhattan. The AirTrain is cheap and easy, although you have to transfer to the subway. JFK Airport is well connected to the NYC Public Transportation Network. For most connections to that network, you will need to take either the Jamaica or Howard Beach AirTrain to those stations. There are bus services between JFK Airport, Brooklyn, Queens and beyond with subway connections. Taxis, car rentals, ride share options and van hire are all available at the terminal.
Getting around New York City
Finding your way around Manhattan is easier than in almost any other city because of the careful plan that was adopted for laying out the city’s avenues and streets. Getting around New York is part of the experience. The subway is cheap, efficient and simple to navigate while New York’s iconic yellow cabs are easy to hail. You could also catch an Uber or join a hop-on hop-off tour. Walking is a great way to see the sights and the best way to see Central Park is by bicycle. You can rent a bike for two hours and go solo or book an expedition through Central Park Bike Tours. There are ride share services, buses which you need a MetroCard for, train and the NYC Ferry.
Fly from Cairns
Fly from Cairns. Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Cairns, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your upcoming trip.
What is the main airport called?
Cairns Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 8km (5 miles) from the city centre, Cairns Airport (CNS) is an international airport in Far North Queensland. There are two terminals: Terminal 1 - international airport and Terminal 2 - domestic airport.
Passengers on Qantas flights from Cairns are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
The benefits of flying Qantas
Fly with Qantas and enjoy a comfortable journey from take-off to touch down.
Enjoy peace of mind knowing baggage is included on all Qantas flights. Find out all you need to know about checked baggage.
Can I cancel my flight booking due to COVID-19?
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If we’ve cancelled your Qantas flight, including your Classic Flight Reward booking, wait to hear from us before changing your booking. We’ll contact anyone whose flight has been impacted as soon as possible.