50 Years/50 Million Passengers Luncheon

A special thank you to the JFK Airport Community, our sponsors, our members and friends for supporting the 50 Years/50 Million Passengers Luncheon on September 10, 2013!


Left to Right: Robert Caton, President JFK Chamber, David Neeleman, President Azul Airlines. John “Jack” Schlossberg (grandson of John F. Kennedy) and Bruce Abbate, JFK Chamber


Left to Right: David Neeleman (President Azul Airlines), Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva (President & CEO – Embraer Aviation) and Bob Caton (President JFK Chamber)

JFKCoC Luncheon (September 10, 2013) [ENDED]

The JFK International Airport Chamber of Commerce
50 YEARS and 50 MILLION PASSENGERS

Event: JFK International Airport Chamber of Commerce organizes a commemorative luncheon

Guest Speaker: David Neeleman, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Azul Airlines

When: September 10, 2013 commencing at 11:30 am

Where: Russo’s on the Bay: 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, NY 11414

Contact: Rudy Auslander 917-945-8888 e-mail: jfkcoc@jfkny.com

The JFK International Airport Chamber of Commerce will hold a commemorative luncheon to celebrate two remarkable milestones:

The 50th anniversary of the naming of John F. Kennedy International Airport to honor the memory of President John F. Kennedy assassinated in November, 1963, and the achievement of 50 million passengers to travel through JFK International Airport in 2013.

A commemorative journal will be published to memorialize the occasion.

Aviation maverick and industry pioneer, David Neeleman, whose career is credited with building five airlines, returns to JFK to speak about his experiences. As a founder of jetBlue, New York’s hometown carrier, David spent a decade growing an airline right here at JFK.

In 1942, construction of the airport began on the Idlewild Golf Course. Initial plans called for only 1,000 acres to relieve the overcrowded La Guardia Airport but by completion, it had grown to five times that size. Originally named Idlewild Airport, the airport was rededicated John F. Kennedy International Airport on December 24, 1963 in memory of the nation’s 35 th president, who was assassinated one month earlier.

In 2012, the airport handled 49,292,733 passengers making it the 13th busiest airport in the world and the 6th busiest in the United States by passenger traffic and handled 1.4 million short tons of imported cargo. A large percentage of U.S. cargo import and exports are handled through JFK emphasizing the importance of JFK to U.S. trade. In 2013, 50 million passengers are expected to travel through JFK International Airport.

About the JFK International Airport Chamber of Commerce

The John F. Kennedy International Airport Chamber of Commerce was chartered in March 1978 and is the only airport in the nation to have its own Chamber of Commerce. The JFK Chamber of Commerce is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber’s objective is to create an environment in which businesses work together to share common concerns and enhance the growth, welfare and economic development of the airport community and the aviation industry it serves Chamber’s membership is varied, reflecting the character of business at the airport. Among its many activities, the Chamber sponsors several scholarship programs for students related to airport business employees to foster continuing education.

Great opportunity for sponsorships! Place an ad in our commemorative journal! Sign up for the luncheon!

Click here for more details and to register for the Luncheon

2013 Ernie Davis Memorial Scholarship Winners!

JFK Int’l Airport Chamber is pleased to announce
the 2013 winners of the Ernie Davis Memorial Scholarship!

  1. Madeline Yee – Renewal of previous Scholarship. Father works for Customs & Border Patrol. She is attending SUNY Purchase College
  2. Nichole Ferruzza – Renewal of previous Scholarship. Father works for Customs & Border Patrol. She is attending St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY
  3. Kaitlyn Barile – First time Award. Father works for Delta Airlines. She is attending York College of Pennsylvania
  4. Richard Heffer – First time Award. Father works for Swissport USA. He is attending Binghamton University
  5. Emily Kelliher – First time Award. Father works for Airport Medical Offices. She is Attending Penn State University

Our Congratualations to all of them!
Click here to view their winning essays

Wine Tasting (May 1, 2013) [CANCELLED!]

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
A new date will be announced shortly

We are pleased to announce that our member “THE NEW” Sheraton Hotel at JFK has extended an invitation to all the members of the JFK Int’l Airport Chamber of Commerce to join the Sheraton for the Wine Tasting event on

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 5 PM to 8 PM

Click here to view details on how to register for this event

Coming up: Lunchon Meeting (6/11/13) [ENDED]

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TUESDAY, JUNE 11
Commencing at 11:30am – Hilton-JFK Hotel

Our luncheon speaker will be:
MS. SUSAN MITCHELL
Port Director – JFK Airport – U.S. Customs and Border Protection

~~~~~More details to follow~~~~~