Historical Issue

JFK Gets Named After Famous Airport

June 21, 1961

NEW YORK – On July 1st, 1948, the first flight flew out from JFK Airport. To express his appreciation for the renowned airport, our 35th president has officially changed his name to John F. Kennedy.

In a recent interview, President Kennedy expressed his admiration for the airport’s qualities that led him to make such a change: “In all of my experiences with JFK, baggage claim and customs ran extremely smoothly and the bathrooms were incredibly clean and of great design! The interior of the airport is so easy to navigate and the architecture is simply a work of art… I feel that words cannot describe my love for this place.”