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If you need travel assistance to obtain a custom itinerary with the lowest applicable air fares and the best possible journey times, SGO’s official travel agent is Gant Travel Management if you need travel assistance. Representatives are available toll-free at 1-800-621-1083 (or 1-630-227-3873 outside of U.S./Canada), Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST. A $25.00 service fee will issued per airline ticket.

New York Area Airports

New York has three main airports through which access Manhattan. Air travelers to New York City may arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) or LaGuardia Airport (LGA), both in Queens, or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in neighboring New Jersey. LaGuardia primarily serves domestic destinations, and also offers flights to select Canadian and Caribbean destinations. Kennedy and Newark each serve both domestic and international destinations. Visitors can reach Manhattan from all three airports by using taxis, buses, subways and/or trains.

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Jamaica, Queens, NY 11430

New York’s largest airport serves more than 90 airlines, most of which are international. It is approximately 15 miles from Midtown Manhattan.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA)
Jackson Heights, Queens, NY 11371

This is New York’s second-largest airport, with more than 20 airlines serving mostly domestic destinations, as well as Canada and the Caribbean, from four passenger terminals. LaGuardia is on the northern shore of Queens, directly across the East River (about 8 miles from Midtown Manhattan).

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Newark, NJ 07114

Newark Airport, with more than 30 airlines (many of which are international), is across the Hudson River from New York City—16 miles from Midtown Manhattan.

Ground Transportation

From JFK Airport: Taxicabs are available on a first come, first serve basis. Taxis are available at every terminal and there is a taxi stand where you will be directed to a taxi. Use only taxis from the taxi dispatch booth (refuse offers for transportation from others). Expect to spend approximately $45 to $55 for a taxicab ride to Midtown Manhattan.

From LaGuardia Airport: Taxicabs are available on a first come, first serve basis from the lower level curb front of all terminals. Shared ride service is available. There are no flat rates because all taxicabs run on meters. Expect to spend approximately $30 to $35 for a taxicab ride to Midtown Manhattan.

From Newark Airport: For taxis traveling to Manhattan, metered fare; approximately $60 to $75, plus bridge and tunnel tolls and gratuity; 45 to 60 minutes to Midtown Manhattan. During weekday rush hours (6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) and on weekends (Saturday–Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.), there is a $5 surcharge for travel to anywhere in New York State except Staten Island. When traveling to the airport from Midtown Manhattan, service is via New York City’s regulated yellow taxis. Metered fares range $69–$75, plus a $5 surcharge in addition to tolls and gratuity.

Return Service: City Taxis can be flagged, or reservations can be made in advance. Black car/sedan service in New York to the airport is the same cost as a taxi, please call Carmel at 1-866-666-6666, you can also download coupons for your trip at

Car Rental

Book your car rental at a discounted rate through Hertz Rent-A-Car. Reservations may be placed online or by phone at 1-800-654-2240 (or 1-405-749-4434 outside of U.S. and Canada). Reference “CV# 04AS0028″ when making your reservation to receive the discounted car rental rate.


The Roosevelt Hotel in New York offers valet parking at the entrance of the hotel. Please call the concierge at the Roosevelt for pricing and information on parking.

International Travelers Official Letter of Invitation

SGO welcomes the world to New York, NY, USA. As you plan your trip to attend the 6th Annual Seminar on Minimally Invasive & Robotic Gynecologic Surgery, you are strongly encouraged to apply for a visa as early as possible. Please contact SGO’s meeting department via email at to obtain an official letter of invitation. We look forward to seeing you in New York!

Visa Information for International Attendees

Detailed information about obtaining a visitor visa to the United States can be found on the U.S. Department of State’s visitor visas web page. Learn more about the Visa Waiver Program, a program allowing citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, when they meet certain requirements.