A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 12, 2011
Kiss & Fly

John F. Kennedy International Airport has a “Kiss & Fly” area located at the Lefferts Boulevard Station. Travelers can avoid airport traffic by driving to the “Kiss & Fly” lot, where air travelers can then take a free ride on the AirTrain to the JFK terminal.

Many international airports have differing definitions for “Kiss & Fly,” using the term to define a lane, a lot and a tax. The Nice (France) Côte d’Azur Airport probably originated the concept with its drop-off zone, called “kiss and fly.” Airports in the United Kingdom sought to relieve traffic congestion with a “kiss and fly tax” on such passenger dropoffs. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and San Francisco’s International Airport have “kiss and fly” lots similar to the JFK International Airport.


John F. Kennedy International Airport
Kiss & Fly
Kiss & Fly is a great way to avoid airport traffic when you’re dropping someone off at JFK. Conveniently located at the AirTrain JFK Lefferts Boulevard Station, Kiss & Fly enables travelers to simply hop on AirTrain for a fast and free ride to their terminal. (The kiss, by the way, is optional.)

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Love the ‘Kiss & Fly’ drop off zone, Nice Cote d’azur airport

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From: (Jette Goldie on location)
Date: 13 Jun 2002 11:16:35 -0700
Local: Thurs, Jun 13 2002 1:16 pm
Subject: Re: Adventures in Driving - or Why I’m Not In Leeds afterall!

One very French thing at the Nice airport - the “drop off” zone is labelled “kiss and fly” zone!!!!!!

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From: “Tony Bailey”
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2003 15:23:35 +1000
Local: Thurs, Apr 10 2003 12:23 am
Subject: Heathrow congestion charging?

The following is from the BBC via a travel trade newsletter in Australia -

Heathrow ‘to Get Congestion Charge’
Thursday, 10 April 2003
London mayor Ken Livingstone has dropped his biggest hint yet that he is going to introduce a £5 charge for people to drive to Heathrow Airport.
(...)
The toll would also deter people from getting family or friends to drop them off and pick them up, which he dubbed “kiss-and-fly”.

“This is the death of kiss-and-fly because that will cost you £10 for the two journeys,” he said.

“Heathrow is increasingly a business airport so the people can afford it.”

USA Today
Posted 5/28/2004 8:53 AM
Airports chase waiting drivers further from terminals
(...)
Chicago O’Hare International Airport added its “kiss and fly” lot almost a decade ago. Motorists there can wait for passengers at remote lots attached to the terminal by train.

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Glen W
07-09-2006
When JFK built the AirTrain (connects all terminals, long term parking, and subway), they added a “kiss and fly” area next to long term parking. It is a place where people can drop each other off with no airport traffic whizzing by, and no security rushing them along, for free.

San Francisco (CA) Examiner
SFO expected to be stuffed for holidays
By: Mike Rosenberg | Reporter | 11/16/07 2:00 AM
(...)
In an attempt to get an increased number of passengers through check-in and security as quickly as possible, the airport has launched a new fast check-in program called the “Kiss and Fly,” McCarron said. Passengers traveling on domestic flights can check their baggage in at the rental car center or at the long-term parking facility.

Passengers can check bags, receive boarding passes and take the AirTrain — which operates 24 hours a day — to the airport, where they bypass long check-in lines, according to the airport.

NPR
Weather Expected to Delay Flights This Holiday
by Allison Keyes
December 22, 2007
(...)
Back in Chicago, airport system spokeswoman Karen Pride, suggests passengers pack some patience for the next couple of days.
(...)
Pride also reminds travelers not to park in the drop-off lanes at the airports. All you can do there is drop off.

“So if you have a long goodbye or you want to spend time with friends and family before you go, we do have what we call a ‘kiss-and-fly’ lot,” Pride says.

Park & Go (UK)
Leeds Bradford Jumps on the ‘Kiss and Fly’ Bandwagon.
09/06/2011
Following in the footsteps of other regional Airports like Birmingham and Newcastle, Leeds Bradford Airport have confirmed they will be going ahead with their plans for charging customers to drop off their family and friends. The so-called “Kiss and Fly tax” has been adopted by several airports and means that passengers pay £1.00 for the privilege of walking to the terminal.

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