Idlewild Airport, now John F. Kennedy International Airport, got its name as construction began in the early 1940s around a sporting complex called the Idlewild Golf Course. When Idlewild Airport opened for operations in 1942, Floyd Bennett Field was deed to the U.S. Navy. Idlewild Field was dedicated as New York International Airport in 1948. Idlewild airport was originally going to be called Alexander A Anderson Airport. However, Fiorella Laguardia wanted it named Idlewild. It is named for the area where the Idlewild golf course was.
Construction on Idlewild International Airport (presently John F. Kennedy International Airport) began in 1942. The airport took its name from the Idlewild Golf Course that it replaced. Planning began during the administration of Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia (1882-1947, mayor 1934-45) and called for 1,000 acres of development. After six years of construction, the airport opened on July 1, 1948.
It never was. Dulles International Airport (named after Secretary of State John Foster Dulles) is in the Virginia suburban area of Washington DC. It has always been named Dulles. Idlewild was renamed to John F. Kennedy International in 1963, shortly after the death of JFK. It is located in Queens, NY alongside Jamaica Bay.
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