A few months ago, in the middle of winter, I was stocked at the Boston airport in connection between two flights. I landed in the early morning and was supposed to take off 6 hours later. I was very hungry, but I found nothing to calm my stomach.
Every frequent traveler experienced such a thing, and for me it was not the first time. But I couldn't get out of the terminal to the city to buy something to eat, because the temperature outside was below zero, and the roads and sidewalks were covered with ice. "10 TEVET" was more then a week ahead, and I was fasting already. I called the Chabad Shaliach, and at the end of the conversation he told me that there was a coffee shop in Boston Airport, supplying kosher sandwiches and pastries.
When I returned to Israel I decided to check all the terminals in all the airports in the world where kosher food is available. I am pleased to discover that there are other airports that are showing considerations, and we can find something kosher to eat. I share the results of the research as a service for the Jewish passengers, as well as travel agents so that they can offer their customers a better service.
Here is a list of terminals with kosher options that I've managed to locate. Arranged alphabetically according to the names of the cities.
(Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson Airport (ATL
One of the coffee shops in the terminal is Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, where coffee is served with Chalav Israel, and some of the pastries come from kosher bakery, but not all and not always. The coffee shop is located at Terminal A north, after Delta Sky Club. Every purchase should be checked and asked where they the cookies came from today.
(Boston, Massachusetts, Logan Airport (BOS
Herris Gourmet, one of the Mehadrin Glatt kosher caterer in New York City, opened a stand at Terminal E in the restaurants area, next to the Hudson News stand. Meals include salads, fruit, a selection of sandwiches, and breakfasts. El Al flights to Israel depart from this terminal at the E1B gate, at the other end of the corridor.
Buenos Aires, Ministro Pistarini Airport (EZE), called "Ezeiza Airport
In some cafés and restaurants in Terminal A, we can get Alfahoras cookies with Chalav Israel. Look for the OU mark. In addition, all Gloria's dairy products are kosher, even though they do not have a kosher mark.
Chicago, O'Hare Airport (ORD
Kosher coffee shop Eli's Cheesecake is located in Terminal 1, between B8 and B9. They sell sandwiches, salads and ice creams, as well as gifts and souvenirs. They also have special bags to pack and take onboard the plane.
A branch of the CIBO Express mini-market is located near the security check between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, next to the Starbucks branch.
Dallas Fort Worth, USA (DFW
At the Marriott Hotel at the airport we can order kosher food from the catering. The service is also available for passengers who are not staying at the hotel.
Fort Lauderdale, Miami, (FLL
A sandwich and fast-food stand called Chef Allen's 2 Go sells kosher sandwiches. The stand is located in Terminal 3 of Concourse F, which serves JetBlue airways.
Frankfurt, Germany (FRA
In Lufthansa's first class passenger lounge, kosher meals can be ordered in advance. The food is produced in the catering of Haim Mozes (who studied with me in the yeshiva, and I trust his kashrut).
In addition, Haim Mozes operates a vending machine for beverage cans and snacks and kosher sweet pastries, mostly made in Israel. Its vending machine stands in Terminal 1, between Extension B and Extension C, near the entrance gate to El Al's flights.
Geneva, Switzerland (GVA
The Swiss Lounge has a coffee corner with kosher croissants.
Hong Kong, Lantau, Chek Lap Kok Airport (HKG
In the "Pier" lounge we can get delicious kosher meals from the 'Servair' land services company. I could not find out who gave the kashrut.
In the "Marco Polo" lounge of Cathay Air in the main terminal, first class passengers to Tel Aviv can receive kosher meals. not always! Cathay made a special arrangement that they bring the kosher food from inbound flights from Israel, heat in the lounge a separate microwave reserved for kosher food only. The flight to Israel is a night-flight, departing about midnight. The advantage is that we can eat the main meal in the lounge before taking off, Instead of at 01-02 AM on board the airplane with the rest of the passengers. Orders must be made at least two days in advance at + 852-2747-3939, or from the travel agency in Israel where you purchase the ticket.
Kiev, Borispol Airport (KBP
At the entrance to the terminal on the top floor, after the security check, there is a food area with a kiosk selling kosher sandwiches, which are produced at the Chabad House under the supervision of Rabbi Vishetsky.
Larnaca, Cyprus, LCA
In the area of the departing passengers, on the Duty Free plaza, a stand was opened for the sale of kosher coffee with Israel's milk and kosher snacks made in Israel. The post is located after the security check on the right, next to the pizza (non kosher). This corner is the initiative of the legendary Chabad House in Larnaca and Chief Rabbi of Cyprus, Rabbi Aryeh Ze'ev Raskin.
Photo: Moti Herzog
London, Heathrow (LHR
Throughout the field we can find stands offering kosher sandwiches and even pita and bagels. Most of them are from DD's. It is the largest kosher sandwiches company in England, owned by Debbie and David Coleman. Kosher Glatt certificate of "Kedathya" under the supervision of the London Court.
In addition, there are sandwiches from the Adafina restaurant in London, under the supervision of the Kashrut Authority and the Sephardic Court of London.
EL AL flights to Israel depart from Terminal 4, where we can buy Adafina products at Cafe Caffe Nero, and DD sandwiches at AMT Coffee
In Terminal 4 we can find the King David lounge for El Al passengers, who serves kosher food. The lounge is next to Gate 2, close to El Al's check-in.
British Airways' flights to Israel depart from Terminal 3, where there are kosher DD's sandwiches at Café and Bite.
On all flights departing from Terminal 1 to Tel Aviv we can get sandwiches, bagels, and DD kosher soups in King David Lounge.
In Terminal 3 there are two lounges of British Airways, which can get glatt kosher food, but not in the small lounge called Club Lounge. At Terminals 3 and 5, the British have a few lounges, all are offering Glatt sandwiches to the first class passengers of British. In two of the lounges, the Concorde Room (CCR) and the Galleries First, we can also get a full kosher meal for breakfast or lunch. These are the only lounges that hold Kosher food in refrigerators all the time, and we do not have to book in advance. They also make cocktails and drinks based on vodka, without fear of "Nesech" wine.
In the Virgin Airlines Lounge we can also get kosher sandwiches and meals.
In Terminal 1 there is Landside coffee, which sells DD's products, and next to it is the Caffe Nero airside, which sells sandwiches and Adafina food bags.
Also at Terminal 5 is Caffe Nero, who sells Adafina's sandwiches,
There is also Caffe Nero in the central bus station outside Heathrow terminal with Adafina kosher sandwiches.
London, Luton (LTN
There is a vegetarian restaurant in Terminal 1, called FRESKA, where kosher food can be ordered in advance, and it will be packed separately. In addition, we can buy DD kosher sandwiches at some food stands: The Real Food Company, WH Smith, and Food Village.
El Al's King David lounge also has a kosher food area.
Los Angeles, Tom Bradley Airport, (LAX
Most Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf branches are serving hot drinks with kosher milk. The cafés of this chain are located in Terminals 5,6,7,8.
Photo: kosher LA
Madrid, Spain, Barajas Airport (MAD
In the AENA Neptuno Lounge at Terminal 4 we can get sandwiches and pastries under the supervision of Rabbi Moshe Ben Dahan.
Manchester, England (MAN
At Terminal T2 there are WH Smith stores where we can also find DD's sandwiches.
Miami, Florida (MIA
In Terminal J and in other two locations inside the airport we can get Kosher products from Kosher Central bakery in the Emerald Hills neighborhood of Hollywood, Florida.
Moscow, Domodedovo Airport (DME
There are two refrigerators with a transparent glass door in which there are only kosher products.
Munich, Germany, Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC
Terminal F has a "kosher pizzeria" That sells Pizza and many kinds of snacks made in Israel. Each product has a kosher certificate, but the Pizzeria itself doesn't have supervision certificate.
At the entrance to Terminal 2 of Lufthansa there is a branch of the supermarket network Edeka, which also sells a large variety of kosher products. Another larger branch is located above the airport train station.
For the first-class passengers, the Lufthansa Lounge has a co-operation with the Zohar restaurant, which is connected to the Jewish community. We can pre-order food from the Glatt kosher Zohar restaurant, that will be delivered for us to the lounge. They have a special microwave for heating the kosher dishes. Lufthansa also offers a kosher Stogel meal in its lounge.
Newark, New Jersey, Liberty Airport (EWR
Many flights to Israel depart from this airport, which is very close to New York. The CIBO minimarket offers kosher products of Pat Israel and Chalav Israel. At Terminal C3 near gate 139, CIBO Express Gourmet sells only kosher products. Near gates 123 and 132 there are non-kosher branches of CIBO, which are also selling kosher food.
In Terminal C1 there are more CIBO stands near gates 70, 71, 73, 75, 92 and 93. In Terminal C2 next to Gate 112.
In Terminal C2 there is also a store called Vanguard Market which also sells kosher products.
Fresko Sandwiches stores chain offers kosher meat and dairy sandwiches at several stands in fresh food outlets, near the A21 gate and in some places in the corridors between gates C-124 and C-138.
Kosher food is also found in the branches of Market Fresh next to the security check at terminals A1, A2, A3. In Terminal B1 they have a branch before security, attached to the subway.
In the Art and Lounge, which is located in Terminal B, there is a kosher buffet with kosher cakes and sandwiches, which operates 4 hours before the entire El Al appearance.
In addition, there is a delivery service that brings kosher pizza orders from Jerusalem Pizza and Chinese food from Elisabeth's New Kosher Special restaurant to the terminal. The delivery boys cannot enter the area after the security check and the border police, so we have to go out to the main hall.
New York City, John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK
There are 15 places at the airport where kosher food is sold. Including 8 stands of CIBO Express sandwiches, which also sell kosher Fresco sandwiches. Look for the 'Star K' symbol on the plastic bags of the sandwiches.
El Al flights to Israel depart from Terminal 4, where there are many kosher options. My favorite CIBO branch is in Terminal 4, where we can also buy meat sandwiches with Shawarma at the Yummy Sandwich stand. At this terminal we can buy Yummy sandwich sandwiches at Jetbox kiosks to the A23, B2 and B20 gates. Next to the B37 gate, these sandwiches are served in the La Brea V café and in the Urban Crave stand next to the B53 gate.
In Terminal 2 we can find CIBO stores near gate C61, near gate C70, and in the middle between the gates C65 and C66.
Terminal 5 has a branch of CIBO in the dining hall between gates 7 and 8, and other branches at gates 9, 21, and opposite gate 5. The restaurant hall also has a kosher Dunkin Food Court.
There is also another branch of CIBO in Terminal 8.
In addition, kosher food can be ordered in advance in the lounges for passengers of the first departments of British Airways, Singapore Airlines, and Virgin. Of course, also in the King David lounge, which mainly serves El Al passengers.
special delivery service of Chinese food can be ordered to the airport by 'Tokyo Sushi' and 'Wok Tov'.
New York, La Guardia (LGA
The small airport in the Queens neighborhood is used for domestic flights. There are 8 CIBO chain stores with kosher products and yogurt bars, and various sandwiches. The main store is just after the security check in the concourse C. Kosher snacks can also be found in other shops around the airport made by Fresko and by Yammy. The kosher products are marked with a green sticker with the symbol of the Star-K Kashrut Committee.
Terminals A and B have a CIBO store. In Terminal B we can find kosher snacks at the GoGo Stop store, at American Airlines – Concourse D
Terminal C has CIBO stores near gates 15,31, and between 29-29. Also near gate 24 opposite the CRUST store.
In Terminal D, such a store is located near Gate 11, and another CIBO store in the food and restaurant complex.
Panama City, Tokumán Airport (PTY
The terminal has a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf coffee shop that offers only kosher food and drinks (by the way, in all its branches in Panama).
Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG
In Terminal A2, the King David lounge is located for business and first class passengers of El Al. All the food and drink in the lounge are kosher
Santa Barbara, California USA, (SBA
The local branch of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is Kosher.
Singapore, Changi Airport (SIN
First class passengers of all airlines can pre-order the Private Room in the Singapore Airlines lounge and get kosher meals from the 'Awafi' restaurant in the Jewish community center Shul building.
Sydney, Australia, Airport Charles Kingsford Smith (SYD
In the F Lounge, first class passengers of the Qantas airline can get kosher meals in the trays that are prepared at the Lewis kosher restaurant in the city center. The restaurant is under the supervision of Rabbi Gutnick. Must be ordered at least two days in advance.
Toronto, Canada, Pearson Airport (YYZ
Delicious meat and dairy sandwiches from the Grodzinski's Bakery can be purchased at three locations in the terminal: CIBO Express, Fetta Panini Bar and Heirloom Bakery. All are located in Terminal 1, in Food Zone E between gates 71 to 75. Daniel Grodzinski also markets a selection of kosher yogurts and snacks. Strangely, I did not find any kosher food at Terminal 3 from where El Al flights are departing.
Warsaw, Poland, Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW
The Bijanka Restaurant recently opened a special service for kosher food, which includes sandwiches and pastries. They are packed in a double nylon zip to prevent any contact with the non-kosher food sold there. The restaurant is located in the departing lounge, at the end of the CDE security zone.
There is also a rich buffet in the General Lounge for First Class and Business Class passengers. In the corner there is also a refrigerator with a transparent door where sandwiches and kosher dairy delicacies are available.
If anyone knows more about kosher food possibility at any airport terminal in the world, I'd be happy to get details by clicking "Reply" at the end of this article. I will check every suggestion, and will publish those that will be approved by the local rabbi.
Thanks to Avraham Hazin and Adi Weitz of the 'Chul Mehudar' Group, and to Danny, the director of the DanDeals Forum, for ontributing information that helped this research.