Newark Liberty International Airport
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Summary
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
ServesNew York metropolitan area
LocationNewark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
OpenedOctober 1, 1928
(93 years ago)
 (1928-10-01)
Hub for
Coordinates40°41′33″N 074°10′07″W / 40.69250°N 74.16861°W / 40.69250; -74.16861Coordinates: 40°41′33″N 074°10′07″W / 40.69250°N 74.16861°W / 40.69250; -74.16861
Websitenewarkairport.com
Maps
FAA diagram

FAA diagram
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4L/22R 11,000 3,353 Asphalt/concrete
4R/22L 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
11/29 6,726 2,050 Asphalt
Helipads
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 54 16 Asphalt
Statistics (2020)
Aircraft operations211,263
Passengers15,892,892
Total cargo (short tons)695,344

Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWR, ICAO: KEWR, FAA LID: EWR), originally Newark Metropolitan Airport and later Newark International Airport, is an international airport straddling the boundary between the cities of Newark in Essex County and Elizabeth in Union County, New Jersey. It is jointly owned by the cities and leased to its operator, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.[3]

The airport is located 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Downtown Newark and 9 miles (14 km) west-southwest of Manhattan in New York City. It is near the Newark Airport Interchange, the junction between Interstate 95 and Interstate 78 (both components of the New Jersey Turnpike), as well as U.S. Routes 1 and 9, which has junctions with U.S. Route 22, Route 81 and Route 21. AirTrain Newark connects the terminals with the Newark Liberty International Airport Station. The station is served by NJ Transit's Northeast Corridor Line and North Jersey Coast Line. Amtrak's Northeast Regional and Keystone Service trains also stop at the Newark Liberty International Airport station.

The City of Newark built the airport on 68 acres (28 ha) of marshland in 1928 and the Army Air Corps operated the facility during World War II. The airport was constructed adjacent to Port Newark. After the Port Authority took it over in 1948, an instrument runway, a terminal building, a control tower and an air cargo center were added. The airport's Building 51 from 1935 is a National Historic Landmark.

Newark is one of three major airports serving the New York metropolitan area; the others are John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport, which are also operated by the Port Authority. The airport handles almost as many flights as JFK, despite being 40 percent of JFK's land size. In 2017, EWR was the sixth-busiest airport in the United States by international passenger traffic and fifteenth-busiest airport in the country. It served 43,393,499 passengers in 2017, which made EWR the 43rd-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic. In 2019, the airport saw 46,336,452 passengers, the most in its history. As of 2021, EWR served 29,049,552 passengers, which made it the 29th-busiest airport.

Newark serves 50 carriers and is the third-largest hub for United Airlines after Chicago O'Hare and Houston George Bush Intercontinental, the airport's largest tenant, and FedEx Express, its second-largest tenant (operating in three buildings on two million square feet of airport property). During a 12-month period ending in March 2022, over 63% of all passengers at the airport were carried by United Airlines.

History

Early years

Initial development

Albert Einstein at Newark Airport in April 1939
Albert Einstein at Newark Airport in April 1939

Newark Metropolitan Airport opened on October 1, 1928, on 68 acres (28 ha) of reclaimed land along the Passaic River,[4] the first major airport serving passengers in the New York metro area.[5] The Art Deco style Newark Metropolitan Airport Administration Building, adorned with murals by Arshile Gorky,[6] was built in 1934 and dedicated by Amelia Earhart in 1935.[7] It served as the terminal until the opening of the North Terminal in 1953.

On July 11, 1927, Mayor Thomas Raymond of Newark gave support for a municipal airport to be constructed adjacent to the Newark Bay, and US Route 1 at a cost of $6 million. The following year it was opened on October 1, 1928. Earlier in the year construction of an aviation field of 68 acres (28 ha) of meadowland was begun. On August 1928, a four-passenger Ryan monoplane from Washington D.C., made the first landing on a completed section of 1,600-foot-long runway, the first hard-surfaced strip of any commercial airport in the nation. Pilots called it the "Newark Cinder Patch" because of the hard-packed cinder runway.[8] In 1930, the nation's first air traffic controller tower, and weather station for an airport was opened at Newark Airport. Newark Airport was also the first to install runway lighting thus being the first airport in the nation to allow nighttime operations in 1952. The first passenger terminal, Building 51, opened in 1935, and is dedicated by Amelia Earhart. Construction of the Brewster Hangar began in 1937 and continued through 1938. This hangar was the most advanced of its time. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and is now a museum and Port Authority Police headquarters. [9][10]

Newark was the busiest commercial airport in the world until LaGuardia Airport opened in December 1939; the March 1939 Official Aviation Guide shows 61 weekday departures on five airlines, but by mid-1940 passenger airlines had all left Newark.[11][12]

Operation

During World War II the field was closed to commercial aviation while it was taken over by the United States Army for logistics operations. In 1945 captured German aircraft brought from Europe on HMS Reaper for evaluation under Operation Lusty were off-loaded at Newark AAF and then flown or shipped to Freeman Field, Indiana or Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. The airlines returned to Newark in February 1946. In 1948, the city of Newark leased the airport to the Port of New York Authority (now the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey). As part of the deal, the Port Authority took operational control of the airport and began investing heavily in capital improvements, including new hangars, a new terminal and runway 4/22.[13]

On December 16, 1951, a Miami Airlines C-46 bound for Tampa lost a cylinder on takeoff from runway 28 and crashed in Elizabeth killing 56.[14] On January 22, 1952, an American Airlines CV-240 crashed in Elizabeth while on approach to Runway 6, killing all 23 aboard and seven on the ground.[15] On February 11, 1952, a National DC-6 crashed in Elizabeth after takeoff from runway 24, killing 29 of 63 on board and four on the ground.[16][17] Inevitably, the airport was closed for some months; airline traffic resumed later in the year, but the airport's continued unpopularity and the New York area's growing air traffic led to searches for new airport sites. Port Authority's proposal to build a new airport at what is now the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was defeated by local opposition.[18]

The April 1957 Official Airline Guide showed 144 weekday passenger fixed-wing departures from Newark: 40 Eastern, 19 Capital, 16 American, 14 United, 14 Mohawk, 13 Allegheny, 11 TWA, 8 National, 5 Delta and 4 Braniff. National had a nonstop to Miami, Eastern had nonstops to Miami, New Orleans and Houston, Braniff had a nonstop DC-7C to Dallas and TWA flew nonstop to St Louis; no other nonstops to points west of St. Louis and no international nonstops.[19]

Late 20th century

Through the early 1970s, Newark had a single terminal building located on the north side of the field, by what is now Interstate 78.[20] In the 1970s the airport became Newark International Airport. Present Terminals A and B opened in 1973, although some charter and international flights requiring customs clearance remained at the North Terminal. The main building of Terminal C was completed at the same time, but only metal framing work was completed for the terminal's satellites. It lay dormant until the mid-1980s, when for a brief time the west third of the terminal was equipped for international arrivals and used for some People Express transcontinental flights. Terminal C was finally completed and opened in June 1988.[21]

Underutilized in the 1970s, Newark expanded dramatically in the 1980s. People Express struck a deal with the Port Authority to use the North Terminal as its air terminal and corporate office in 1981 and began operations at Newark that April. It grew quickly, increasing Newark's traffic through the 1980s.[22] Virgin Atlantic began service between Newark and London in 1984, challenging JFK's status as New York's international gateway (but Virgin Atlantic now has more flights at JFK than at Newark). Federal Express (now known as FedEx Express) opened its second hub at the airport in 1986.[23]When People Express merged into Continental in 1987, operations (including corporate office operations) at the North Terminal were reduced and the building was demolished to make way for cargo facilities in the early 1997. This merger started Continental's, and later United Airlines', dominance at Newark Airport.[24]

On July 22, 1981, a railroad tank car carrying ethylene oxide caught fire at the Port Newark freight yard causing the evacuation of a one-mile radius, which included the evacuation of the North Terminal building of Newark International Airport.[25]

In late 1996 the monorail opened, connecting the three terminals, the overflow parking lots and garages, and the rental car facilities. A new International Arrivals Facility also opened in Terminal B that year.[5] The monorail was expanded to the new Newark Airport train station on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor line in 2001 and was renamed AirTrain Newark.[26]

21st century

September 11th attacks

A July 2006 photograph of United Airlines Flight 93's departure gate, A17. Following the 9/11 attacks, American flags flew over the gates that the hijacked flights departed from.
A July 2006 photograph of United Airlines Flight 93's departure gate, A17. Following the 9/11 attacks, American flags flew over the gates that the hijacked flights departed from.

After the hijacking and crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in the September 11 attacks in 2001 while en route from Newark to San Francisco, the airport's name was changed from Newark International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport in 2002. This name was chosen over the initial proposal, Liberty International Airport at Newark, and pays tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks and to the landmark Statue of Liberty, lying just 7 miles (11 km) east of the airport.[27][28]

Expansion and redevelopment

In October 2015, Singapore Airlines announced intentions to resume direct nonstop service between Newark and its main hub at Singapore Changi Airport which had ended in November 2013.[29] The airline announced that service would resume some time in 2018, and the Airbus A350-900ULR was chosen as the aircraft for the route.[30][31] On May 30, 2018, Singapore Airlines officially announced that nonstop service between Newark and Singapore would begin on October 11, 2018, and Newark Liberty once again became host to the world's longest non-stop flights.[32]

Continental Airlines (now merged with United Airlines) began flying from Newark to Beijing on June 15, 2005, and to Delhi on November 1, 2005. The airline soon started flights to Mumbai. On July 16, 2007, Continental announced it would seek government approval for nonstop flights between Newark and Shanghai in 2009. Continental began flights to Shanghai from Newark on March 25, 2009, using Boeing 777-200ER aircraft. Newark was the only New York area airport used by Philippine Airlines (PAL), until financial problems in the late 1990s caused it to terminate this service. In March 2015, PAL resumed service to the New York metropolitan area routing to JFK Airport, and will not return to Newark, following the removal of the Philippines from the air safety blacklist of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).[33]

New York City and Jersey City skylines behind the airport
New York City and Jersey City skylines behind the airport

In June 2008, a flight caps were put in place to restrict the number of flights to 81 per hour. The flight caps, in effect until 2009, were intended to be a short-term solution to Newark's congestion. The FAA has since embarked on a seven-year-long project to reduce congestion in all three New York area airports and the surrounding flight paths.[34]

Newark is a major hub for United Airlines (Continental Airlines before the 2010–12 merger). United has its Global Gateway at Terminal C, having completed a major expansion project that included a new, third concourse and a new Federal Inspection Services facility. With its Newark hub, United has the most service of any airline in the New York area. On March 6, 2014, United opened a new 132,000-square-foot (12,300 m2), $25 million hangar on a 3-acre (1.2 ha) parcel to accommodate United's wide body aircraft during maintenance.[35] In 2015, the airline announced plans to leave JFK altogether and streamline its transcontinental operations at Newark.[36] On July 7, 2016, the United States Department of Transportation announced that Newark was one of ten cities to first operate flights to José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba.[37]

Southwest Airlines began service at the airport in 2011, flying to ten cities. It ended all Newark service in November 2019, primarily due to the Boeing 737 MAX groundings, low demand, and inadequate facilities, and consolidated its New York–area operations to Long Island and LaGuardia.[38]

In 2016, the Port Authority approved and announced a redevelopment plan to replace Terminal A, set to fully open in 2022.[39] A $2.7 billion investment, Terminal One is expected to increase passenger flow and gate flexibility between airlines, and would also be accompanied by a replacement for the AirTrain Newark monorail system, scheduled for completion in 2024. Terminal One will have 33 gates, increasing Newark's gate total to 125, including 16 international gates that can be alternated so that 2 narrow-body aircraft or 1 wide-body aircraft can occupy a space.[39]

In mid-March 2020, the service was once again suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[40] However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States across the New York City area, aircraft operations in Terminal A have drastically changed with only 15,892,892 passengers in 2020, but the previous year it had 46,336,452, the most in its history.[41] Alaska Air Lines trimmed its Newark schedule to just three daily flights and has leased their gates (A30 and A31) to JetBlue to accommodate their increased operations.[42] In addition, United Airlines has vacated concourse A2 in favor of Terminal C for their operations. United has not yet announced when, or if, they will return to Terminal A. JetBlue currently utilizes Gates 16, 16A, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 30, and 31 in Terminal A and is now the dominant carrier of the Terminal.[43] As of Summer 2021, United has returned some Express service to Terminal A. Most international flights from the airport are still suspended with the exception of United's flights to major European, Latin American, and Caribbean destinations.[44]

As of 2022, Newark serves 50 carriers and is the third-largest hub for United Airlines after Chicago O'Hare and Houston George Bush Intercontinental.[45] During a 12-month period ending in March 2022, over 63% of all passengers at the airport were carried by United Airlines. The second-busiest airline is JetBlue Airways, which carries 11.4%, and then American Airlines, which carries 5.6%.[46] The second largest tenant is FedEx which operates in 3 buildings on around two million square feet of the airport's property.[47]

Facilities

Runway 11/29 with Foreign Trade Zone No. 49 in the background
Runway 11/29 with Foreign Trade Zone No. 49 in the background

Runways

The airport covers 2,027 acres (820 ha) and has three runways and one helipad:[48]

Runway 11/29 is one of the three runways built during World War II. In 1952 Runways 1/19 and 6/24 were closed and a new Runway 4/22 (now 4R/22L) opened at a length of 7,000 ft (2,100 m). After 1970 this runway was extended to 9,800 feet (3,000 m), shortened for a while to 9,300 ft (2,800 m) and finally reached its present length by 2000. Runway 4L/22R opened in 1970 at a length of 8,200 ft (2,500 m) and was extended to its current length by 2000.[49]

All approaches except Runway 29 have Instrument Landing Systems and Runway 4R is certified for Category III approaches. Runway 22L had been upgraded to CAT III approach capability.[34]

Runway 4L/22R is primarily used for takeoffs while 4R/22L is primarily used for landings and 11/29 is used by smaller aircraft or when there are strong crosswinds on the two main runways. Newark's parallel runways (4L and 4R) are 950 feet (290 m) apart, the fourth smallest separation of major airports in the U.S., after San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Seattle–Tacoma International Airport.[50]

1 on the map is JFK, 2 is LGA, and 3 is EWR
1 on the map is JFK, 2 is LGA, and 3 is EWR

Unlike the other two major New York–area airports, JFK and LaGuardia, which are located directly next to large bodies of water (Jamaica Bay and the East River, respectively) and whose runways extend at least partially out into them, Newark Liberty, while located just across Interstate 95 from Newark Bay and not far from the Hudson River, does not directly front upon either body of water, so the airport and its runways are completely land-locked.[51]

Cargo

Port Newark is adjacent to Newark Airport
Port Newark is adjacent to Newark Airport

In 1997, the North Terminal was torn down to make a new air cargo facility.[24] There is almost 1 million square feet of total cargo facility space, and 290 acres are dedicated to cargo operations. It is adjacent to Port Newark–Elizabeth Marine Terminal, and Foreign-Trade Zone No. 49. It serves more than 45 air carriers with nearly 1,200 daily arrivals and departures to domestic and international destinations. Climate-controlled warehouse areas and cold storage to accommodate perishable items.[47][52]

Aeroterm operates buildings 339 and 340. United Airlines cargo facility was constructed in 2001. The FedEx Cargo Complex completed a $60-million expansion of a state-of-the-art automated sort facility at its Newark Regional Hub, which now includes Buildings 347, 156 and most of 155. UPS completed construction of their new cargo building in 2019. Building 157 is a multi-tenant cargo building completed in 2003.[47]

Air traffic control

Newark Liberty International Airport's Air Traffic Control Tower next to the Marriott Hotel
Newark Liberty International Airport's Air Traffic Control Tower next to the Marriott Hotel

America's first air traffic controller was William Conrad in 1929.[53] Newark International Liberty Airport was the busiest airport at the time. In December 1935 the airport's first air control station came into existence following a flight that crashed outside of Kansas City, killing 5 people including a U.S. Senator. The current air traffic control tower is 325 feet tall (99 m), and was built in 2002, but was demolished in 2003.[54][55] It was rebuilt in 2004 and is right next to Marriott hotel which is on the Airport's property.[56][57] The tower overlooks the Manhattan Skylines, and the George Washington Bridge.[58]

Other facilities

There are several hotels adjacent to Newark Liberty International Airport. Hotels such as Courtyard by Marriott and the Holiday Inn are located on airport's property.[59][60] Signature Flight Support is the only Fixed-base operators at the airport, providing various services to private aircraft.[61] Terminal's A, B, and C all have short-term parking lots which have a 24-hour parking maximum. Garage P4 also has a 24-hour parking maximum, and terminals can be accessed from this garage using the AirTrain. Economy Parking P6 does not have the 24-hour limit, and charges you every 12 hours. Terminals can be accessed from Economy Parking P6 using a free shuttle bus.[62]

Terminals

Across the airport's three terminals, there are 121 gates: Terminal A has 29 gates, Terminal B has 24 gates, and Terminal C has 68 gates.[63]

Each terminal has three concourses: Terminal A, for instance, is divided into concourses A1, A2 and A3. Gate numbering starts in Terminal A with Gate 10 and ends in Terminal C with Gate 138 (139 has been decommissioned since 138 became a 2 jet bridge gate). Wayfinding signage throughout the terminals was designed by Paul Mijksenaar, who also designed signage for LaGuardia and JFK Airports.[64]

Terminal A

Terminal A at night in 2005
Terminal A at night in 2005

Like Terminal B, Terminal A was completed in 1973 and has four levels. Terminal A is operated by EWR Terminal One LLC, part of Flughafen München GmbH. Terminal A handles only domestic and Canadian flights served by JetBlue (for domestic flights), Air Canada, Air Canada Express, American Airlines,[65] American Eagle; and some United Express (i.e., ultra-short haul) flights. Terminal A handles all of JetBlue's domestic departures and all domestic arrivals. All of JetBlue's international departures and arrivals are at Terminal B.[66][67]

In Terminal A, ticket counters are on the top floor, baggage carousels are on the second floor, and parking is on the first floor. There is one United Club in Terminal A's second concourse. Gates and shops are on the third floor. It also has, Admirals Club for American Airlines, and the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge.[68] Terminal A is the only terminal that has no immigration facilities; flights arriving from other countries cannot use Terminal A (except countries with U.S. customs preclearance), although some departing international flights use the terminal.[69] In 2016, the Port Authority approved and announced a redevelopment plan to build a new Terminal A replacing this one.[70] As of September 30, 2021, the A1 concourse of Terminal A has been closed, and gates 14, 15, 16A, 16, 17, and 18 have been decommissioned.[71][72]

Terminal B

Terminal B viewed from the front
Terminal B viewed from the front
Terminal C viewed from above
Terminal C viewed from above

Like Terminal A, Terminal B was completed in 1973 and has four levels. Terminal B is the only passenger terminal directly operated by the Port Authority. Terminal B handles most foreign carriers; and also handles JetBlue's international flights, other carriers, such as Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, JetBlue (International flights), Sun Country, Elite Airways, Allegiant Air, and Spirit Airlines flights, and some of United's international arrivals.[67]

In Terminal B, ticket counters are on the top floor, except for the second-floor Alaska Airlines, Aer Lingus, Delta Air Lines and Spirit Airlines counters and first-floor British Airways, Level, and Icelandair. Baggage carousels are on the first floor for domestic arrivals and on the second floor for international arrivals. Terminal B also has an international arrivals lounge on the second floor.[73] Gates and shops are on the third floor. The B3 concourse of the terminal has the Lufthansa Business Lounge.[74] In 2008, Terminal B was renovated to increase capacity for departing passengers and passenger comfort. The renovations included expanding and updating the ticketing areas, building a new departure level for domestic flights and building a new arrivals hall.[75] In January 2012, Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye said $350 million would be spent on Terminal B, addressing complaints by passengers that they cannot move freely.[76] Further developments were made to Terminal B when the Port Authority installed new LED fixtures in 2014. The LED fixtures developed by Sensity Systems, use wireless network capabilities to collect and feed data into the software that can spot long lines, recognize license plates, and identify suspicious activity and alert the appropriate staff.[77]

Terminal C

Interior of the remodeled Terminal C
Interior of the remodeled Terminal C

Terminal C, designed by Grad Associates[78] was completed in 1988. Terminal C is exclusively operated by and for United Airlines and its regional carrier United Express for their global hub at EWR. The terminal has two ticketing levels, one for international check-in and one for domestic check-in. The main terminal building for Terminal C was built alongside Terminals A and B in the 1970s, but lay dormant until People Express Airlines took it over as a replacement for the former North Terminal when the airline's hub there outgrew the old facility.[79]

Terminal C is equipped with over 6,000 iPads.[80]
Terminal C is equipped with over 6,000 iPads.[80]

From 1998 to 2003, Terminal C was rebuilt and expanded in a $1.2 billion program known as the Continental Airlines Global Gateway Project.[81][82] The project, which was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill,[81] doubled the available space for outbound travelers as the former baggage claim/arrivals hall was remodeled and turned into a second departures level. Probably most significant was the addition of International Concourse C-3, a spacious and airy new facility with capacity for a maximum of 19 narrowbody aircraft (or 12 widebody planes). Completion of this new concourse increased Terminal C's mainline jet gates to 57. Concomitant with Concourse C-3 is a new international arrivals facility. Also included in the project are a 3,400-space parking garage constructed in front of the terminal, a new airside corridor connecting Concourses C-1, C-2, and C-3, a new President's Club — now called United Polaris Lounge — for international Polaris Business and Polaris First flights between C-2 and C-3, and all-new baggage processing facilities, including reconstruction of the former underground parking area into a new baggage claim and arrivals hall.[83][84]

In November 2014, airport amenity manager OTG announced a $120 million renovation plan for Terminal C that included installing 6,000 iPads and 55 new restaurants headed by celebrity chefs, with the first new restaurants opening in summer of 2015 and the whole project completed in 2016.[85] In 2019, Terminal C was named 'Best for Foodies' in the nation by Fodor's Travel Awards.[86] The C1 concourse of Terminal C has Classified, which is an invite-only eatery for United Airlines customers.[87]

New Terminal A

In 2016, the Port Authority approved and announced a redevelopment plan to build a new Terminal A to replace the existing, which opened in 1973. Built on a site once occupied by United Parcel Service and the United States Postal Service,[39] the new terminal, is expected to cost around $2.7 billion, and will include a new six-level, 3,000-car parking garage and rental center,[39] 33 gates, and a walkway to connect the AirTrain station, parking garage, and terminal building.[70][88][89][39] The grand opening is anticipated in 2022.[90]

Designed by Grimshaw Architects, the redevelopment is expected to offer more traffic lanes at pick-up and drop-off points, closer check-in counters and security areas to the entrance, and more gate flexibility to allow planes to park at any gate in a "common-use" system.[39] The new Terminal A will have four levels: the departures level, the mezzanine level for offices, the arrivals level, and the ground floor, where baggage claim will be located.[39] The terminal will be operated as EWR Terminal One LLC by Munich Airport International, a subsidiary of Munich Airport, which will manage the terminal's operations, maintenance, and concessions in the 1 million square feet of retail space.[91] The redevelopment also comes with plans to replace the existing AirTrain monorail system, scheduled to open in 2024.[39]

United is expected to be the dominant occupant in the new Terminal and is also building a new United Club. Air Canada, American, Delta, and JetBlue are also set to move into the Terminal. Delta and American are also set to build a Sky Club and Admirals Club, respectively, in the new Terminal. Following the demolition of Terminal A, Alaska will move its operations into the B1 Concourse of Terminal B with Spirit, and JetBlue will move all of their operations back to the new Terminal A.[92][93]

Ground transportation

Train

AirTrain Newark
AirTrain Newark
A New Jersey Transit train at the Newark Airport train station
A New Jersey Transit train at the Newark Airport train station

A monorail system, AirTrain Newark, connects the terminals with Newark Liberty International Airport Station. The station is served by New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor Line and North Jersey Coast Line, with connections to regional rail hubs such as Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station where transfers are available to any rail line in northern New Jersey or Long Island, New York. Amtrak's Northeast Regional and Keystone Service trains also stop at the Newark Liberty International Airport station. A fee for the AirTrain is included with rail ticket purchases, with the exception of children 11 and younger and customers using monthly passes with the airport as the origin or destination. Passengers can also ride the AirTrain for free between the terminals and the parking lots, parking garages, and rental car facilities.[94]

In September 2012, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that work would commence on a study to explore extending the PATH system to the station.[95] The new station would be located at ground level to the west of the existing NJ Transit station.[96] In 2014, the Board of Commissioners approved a formal proposal to extend the PATH to Newark Airport.[97] On January 11, 2017, the PANYNJ released its 10-year capital plan that included $1.7 billion for the extension. Under the plan, construction is projected to start in 2020, with service in 2026.[98][99]

In January 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a plan for a $2 billion replacement project for AirTrain Newark. Murphy has stated that replacement is necessary because the system is reaching the end of its projected 25-year life and is subject to persistent delays and breakdowns. The Port Authority would be responsible for funding the project.[100] In October 2019, the Port Authority board approved the replacement project with an estimated cost of $2.05 billion.[101] Construction is expected to start in late 2022. The testing of the new system expected to start 2025. It is expected to go into service in 2026 and the old monorail will be demolished.[102]

Bus

View south along Interstate 95 (New Jersey Turnpike) just south of Exit 14 next to Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey
View south along Interstate 95 (New Jersey Turnpike) just south of Exit 14 next to Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey

NJT buses operate northbound local service to Irvington, Downtown Newark and Newark Penn Station, where connections are available to the PATH and NJ Transit rail lines. The go bus 28 is a bus rapid transit line to Downtown Newark, Newark Broad Street Station and Bloomfield Station. Southbound service travels to Elizabeth, Lakewood, Toms River and intermediate points.[103][104] Olympia Trails operates express buses to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Bryant Park and Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan,[105] and Super-Shuttle, Go Airport Shuttle and Go-link operate shared taxi services.[106]

In addition, United Airlines has a bus service to Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE).[107] Continental Airlines, which later merged into United, previously operated flights from Newark to Allentown but switched to a bus service in 1995 due to constant delays from air traffic control.[108] The distance is 79 miles (127 km) and the service is offered three times daily.[109]

Road

A map of the Newark Airport Interchange
A map of the Newark Airport Interchange

Private limousine, car service, and taxis also provide service to/from the airport. Taxis serving the airport charge a flat rate based on destination. For trips to/from New York, fares are set by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.[110]

The airport is served directly by U.S. Route 1/9, which provides connections to Route 81 and Interstate 78, both of which have interchanges with the New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) at exits 13A and 14, respectively. The interchange where U.S. Route 1/9, U.S. Route 22, New Jersey Route 21, Interstate 78, and Interstate 95 is known as the Newark Airport Interchange.[111] Northbound, Route 1/9 becomes the Pulaski Skyway, which connects to Route 139. Route 139 continues east to the Holland Tunnel, which links Jersey City with Lower Manhattan.[112] The airport operates short and long term parking lots with shuttle buses and monorail access to the terminals. The Port Authority's electric shuttle bus fleet comprising 36 buses and 19 chargers, was completed during October 2020, at Newark, John F. Kennedy International, and LaGuardia airports.[113] A free cellphone lot waiting area is available for drivers picking up passengers at the airport.[114]

Airport information

Newark Airport, along with LaGuardia and Kennedy airports, uses a uniform style of signage throughout the airport properties. Yellow signs direct passengers to airline gates, ticketing and other flight services; green signs direct passengers to ground transportation services and black signs lead to restrooms, telephones and other passenger amenities. Former New York City traffic reporter Bernie Wagenblast provides the voice for the airport's radio station and curbside announcements, as well as the messages heard onboard AirTrain Newark and in its stations.[115]

The airport has the IATA airport code EWR, rather than a designation that begins with the letter 'N' because the designator of "NEW" is already assigned to Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, LA, and because the Department of the Navy uses three-letter identifiers beginning with N for its purposes.[116]

Airlines and destinations

Passenger

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Aer Lingus Dublin [117]
Air Canada Calgary, Vancouver [118]
Air Canada Express Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson [119]
Air India Delhi, Mumbai [120]
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles, Portland (OR), San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma [121]
Allegiant Air Asheville, Cincinnati, Des Moines,[122] Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Grand Rapids, Savannah [123]
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Phoenix–Sky Harbor [124]
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare [125]
Austrian Airlines Vienna [126]
British Airways London–Heathrow [127]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Salt Lake City [128]
Delta Connection Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Raleigh/Durham [129]
El Al Tel Aviv [130]
Elite Airways St. Augustine, Vero Beach[131] [132]
Emirates Athens, Dubai–International [133]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Lomé [134]
French Bee Paris–Orly [135]
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík [136]
JetBlue Aruba, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Cancún, Charleston (SC), Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville (FL), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montego Bay, Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Providenciales, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, San Diego, San Francisco, San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Sarasota, St. Lucia–Hewanorra, St. Maarten, Tampa,
Seasonal: Aguadilla, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Nassau
[137]
La Compagnie Milan–Malpensa,[138] Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Nice
[139]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Seasonal: Kraków,[140] Rzeszów
[141]
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich [142]
Porter Airlines Toronto–Billy Bishop [143]
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda [144]
Singapore Airlines Singapore[145] [146]
Spirit Airlines Atlanta, Austin, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston–Intercontinental, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, New Orleans, Oakland (begins August 12, 2022), Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Juan, Tampa, West Palm Beach [147]
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul
Seasonal: Madison
[148]
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich [149]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon, Porto [150]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul [151]
United Airlines Aguadilla, Amsterdam, Antigua, Aruba, Atlanta, Austin, Barcelona, Beijing–Capital, Berlin, Bogotá, Bonaire, Boston, Brussels, Cancún, Cape Town,[152] Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Delhi, Denver, Dublin, Edinburgh,[153] Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Frankfurt, Geneva, Grand Cayman, Guatemala City, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Houston–Intercontinental, Jacksonville (FL), Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Kahului, Las Vegas, Lima, Lisbon, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay, Mumbai (suspended), Munich, Nashville, Nassau, New Orleans, Orange County, Orlando, Panama City, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Port of Spain, Providenciales, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Rome–Fiumicino, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San José de Costa Rica, San José del Cabo, San Juan, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Sarasota, Seattle/Tacoma, Shanghai–Pudong, St. Maarten, Tampa, Tel Aviv, Tokyo–Haneda,[154] Tokyo–Narita, Washington–Dulles, West Palm Beach, Zürich
Seasonal: Anchorage, Athens, Barbados, Belize City, Bergen,[155] Bermuda, Bozeman, Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Columbus–Glenn, Cozumel, Curaçao, Detroit, Dubrovnik, Eagle/Vail, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Indianapolis, Jackson Hole, Kansas City, Liberia (CR), Montrose, Myrtle Beach, Naples, Nice,[156] Norfolk, Palma de Mallorca,[155] Ponta Delgada,[155] Portland (ME), Porto, Reykjavík–Keflavík, Shannon, St. Kitts, St. Lucia–Hewanorra, St. Thomas, Tenerife–South,[157] Vancouver, Venice
[158][159]
United Express Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Bangor, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Halifax (suspended), Havana, Harrisburg, Indianapolis, Ithaca, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Key West, Louisville, Madison, Manchester (NH), Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montréal–Trudeau, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Presque Isle, Providence, Quebec City, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Rochester (NY), Sarasota, Savannah, St. Louis, State College, Syracuse, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National, West Palm Beach, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Wilmington (NC)
Seasonal: Asheville, Hilton Head, Nantucket, Pensacola, Rapid City, Traverse City
[160][161]

Cargo

AirlinesDestinationsRefs
Amerijet International Orlando, San Juan [162]
Ameriflight Albany, Boston, Harrisburg [163]
Cargojet Bermuda [164]
DHL Aviation Cincinnati [165]
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai–International [166]
FedEx Express Albany (NY), Allentown, Anchorage, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Worth, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, Norfolk, Oakland, Ontario, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Portland (OR), Richmond, Seattle/Tacoma, Washington–Dulles [167][168]
FedEx Feeder Albany (NY), Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Harrisburg, Plattsburgh, Providence, Syracuse, Washington–Dulles [167][168][169]
Kalitta Air Amsterdam, Cincinnati [170]
UPS Airlines Anchorage, Chicago/Rockford, Dallas/Fort Worth, Des Moines, Hartford, London–Stansted, Louisville, Ontario, Tokyo–Narita [171]

Statistics

Top destinations

Busiest domestic routes from EWR (March 2021 – February 2022)[172]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Orlando, Florida 1,012,000 JetBlue, Spirit, United
2 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 789,000 JetBlue, Spirit, United
3 Miami, Florida 697,000 American, JetBlue, United
4 Atlanta, Georgia 678,000 Delta, JetBlue, Spirit, United
5 Los Angeles, California 585,000 Alaska, JetBlue, United
6 San Francisco, California 516,000 Alaska, JetBlue, United
7 Houston-Intercontinental, Texas 487,000 Spirit, United
8 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 480,000 American, United
9 Tampa, Florida 421,000 JetBlue, Spirit, United
10 San Juan, Puerto Rico 417,000 JetBlue, Spirit, United
Busiest international routes to and from EWR (2019)[173]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 United Kingdom London–Heathrow, United Kingdom 945,060 British Airways, United
2 Israel Tel Aviv, Israel 634,635 El Al, United
3 Canada Toronto–Pearson, Canada 429,332 Air Canada, United
4 Germany Frankfurt, Germany 427,460 Lufthansa, United
5 Canada Toronto–Billy Bishop, Canada 426,938 Porter
6 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 418,991 JetBlue, United
7 Mexico Cancún, Mexico 374,558 JetBlue, United
8 Republic of Ireland Dublin, Ireland 365,135 Aer Lingus, United
9 India Mumbai, India 347,464 Air India, United
10 Germany Munich, Germany 306,930 Lufthansa, United

Airline market share

Largest airlines at EWR
(April 2021 - March 2022)
[46]
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 United Airlines 21,325,595 63.3%
2 JetBlue Airways 3,849,193 11.4%
3 American Airlines 1,888,717 5.6%
4 Spirit Airlines 1,881,794 5.6%
5 Delta Air Lines 1,412,512 4.2%

Annual traffic

Annual passenger traffic at EWR
1991–present[174][175][176][177][178][179]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2021 30,788,322 2020 15,892,892 2010 33,107,041
2019 46,366,452 2009 33,424,110 2000 34,188,701
2018 46,065,175 2008 35,366,359 1999 33,622,686
2017 43,393,499 2007 36,367,240 1998 32,575,874
2016 40,351,331 2006 35,764,910 1997 30,945,857
2015 37,494,704 2005 33,078,473 1996 29,117,464
2014 35,600,108 2004 31,893,372 1995 26,626,231
2013 35,016,236 2003 29,428,899 1994 28,019,984
2012 34,014,027 2002 29,220,775 1993 25,809,413
2011 33,711,372 2001 31,100,491 1992 24,284,248

Accidents and incidents

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