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Newark Liberty International Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport from the Air.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner City of Newark
Operator Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Serves New York metropolitan area
Location Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Hub for Passenger Airlines:
* United Airlines
Cargo Airlines:
* FedEx Express
Elevation AMSL 18 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 40°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
FAA diagram
FAA diagram
EWR is in the New York metropolitan area
EWR is in the New York metropolitan area
EWR is in the New York metropolitan area
EWR is in the New York metropolitan area
EWR is in the New York metropolitan area
EWR is in the New York metropolitan area
Location in the New York metropolitan area
Direction Length Surface
ft m
4L/22R 11,000 3,353 Asphalt/Concrete
4R/22L 10,000 3,048 Asphalt
11/29 6,800 2,073 Asphalt
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 40 12 Concrete
Statistics (2016)
Aircraft operations [1] 431,595
Passengers (ACI)[1] 40,351,331

Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWRICAO: KEWRFAA LID: EWR), originally Newark Metropolitan Airport and later Newark International Airport, is an international airport located about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Midtown Manhattan (New York City). It straddles the boundary between Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey. The airport is owned by the city of Newark and leased to and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.[2] Newark Airport was the first major airport in the United States[3] and through 2013 was the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area's busiest in terms of flights.[a]

The airports in the New York metropolitan area combine to create the largest airport system in the United States, the second-largest in the world in terms of passenger traffic and largest in the world in terms of total flight operations. In 2015 Newark Airport handled 37.5 million passengers, JFK handled 56.8 million and LaGuardia Airport handled 28.4 million.[5][6] In 2016 Newark served a record 40 million passengers.

Newark serves 50 carriers and is the third-largest hub for United Airlines (after Chicago–O'Hare and Houston–Intercontinental), which is the airport's largest tenant (operating in all of Terminal C and part of Terminal A). Newark's second-largest tenant is FedEx Express, whose third-largest cargo hub uses three buildings on two million square feet of airport property.[7] During the 12-month period ending in July 2014, over 68% of all passengers at the airport were carried by United Airlines.[8]


Early years[edit]

Albert Einstein at Newark Airport in April 1939.

Newark opened 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.[9] The Art Deco Newark Metropolitan Airport Administration Building, adorned with murals by Arshile Gorky,[10] was built in 1934 and dedicated by Amelia Earhart in 1935.[3] It served as the terminal until the opening of the North Terminal in 1953. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and is now a museum and Port Authority Police headquarters.

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]

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 and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey assumed control of the airport in 1948, later building new hangars, a new terminal and runway 4/22.

The February 1947 C&GS diagram shows 5940-ft runway 1, 7900-ft runway 6 and 7100-ft runway 10.

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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15][16] 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. A proposal to build a new airport at what is now the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge was defeated by local opposition.

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.[17] (Eastern started a nonstop to Montreal in 1958, probably Newark's first scheduled international nonstop since 1939, though Eastern had nonstops to San Juan in 1951.) Jet airliners arrived in 1961. In 1964, American and TWA started flying nonstop to California, although Newark's longest runway was 7,000 ft (2,100 m) until 1970. TWA's 707 nonstop to Heathrow in 1978 was probably Newark's first trans-Atlantic nonstop.

Late 20th century[edit]

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.

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.[18] 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.[7] 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 1990s. This merger started Continental's and later United Airlines', dominance at Newark Airport.

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.[9] The monorail was expanded to the new Newark Airport train station on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor line in 2001 and was renamed AirTrain Newark.

21st century[edit]

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

After the hijacking 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.[19][20]

A modern control tower was built in 2002 and opened in 2003, which is the fourth and tallest tower in the airport's history. It stands 325 feet (approximately 100m) over the main parking lot.[9]

In 2004 the world's longest non-stop scheduled airline route came to Newark, Singapore Airlines' flight to Singapore that ended on November 23, 2013 (break-even load factor was 110%). The world's longest non-stop scheduled flight, as of March 1, 2016, is an Emirates flight between Auckland and Dubai.

Continental began flying from Newark to Beijing on June 15, 2005 and to Delhi on November 1, 2005. The airline soon started flights to Mumbai. Continental (now merged with United)'s EWR-BOM has been and continues to be the only U.S. carrier to serve India nonstop from the United States, the third U.S. carrier after United Airlines and Northwest Airlines (now Delta) to serve mainland China nonstop and the only U.S. carrier with nonstop flights to Beijing from the New York City area. 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).[21] In October 2015, Singapore Airlines announced intentions to resume direct nonstop service between Newark and its main hub at Singapore Changi Airport. Dates have not been announced, but the Airbus A350-900ULR used on the flights will be delivered sometime in 2018.[22][23]

In June 2008 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.[24]

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.[25] In 2015, the airline announced plans to leave JFK altogether and streamline its transcontinental operations at Newark.[26] On July 7, 2016, the United States Department of Transportation announced that Newark was one of ten cities to operate flights to José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba.[27] The flight will be the only non-stop flight to Cuba in the New York metropolitan area.[28]

As of 2012, United carried 71% of the airport's passengers. The two next-busiest airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways, each had less than 5%.[29]

In 2016, the Port Authority approved and announced a redevelopment plan to build a New Terminal A to replace the current Terminal A that was once completed since 1973. The new Terminal A is expected be located at the formerly used Terminal Building. The New Terminal A is expected to cost at around $2.3 Billion Dollars, and will include a new Parking Garage, 33 Gates, A walkway to connect to an Airtrain station, the parking garage. and the Terminal, and others. It is expected to be completed by 2022.[30][31][32]


Interior of the remodeled Terminal C.
Another view of the interior of Terminal C.
Terminal A at night in 2005
New York City skyline from Terminal C
The food court at Newark Liberty Airport as seen in 2012.


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

  • 4L/22R: 11,000 x 150 ft (3,353 x 46 m) Asphalt/Concrete, grooved
  • 4R/22L: 10,000 x 150 ft (3,048 x 46 m) Asphalt, grooved
  • 11/29: 6,800 x 150 ft (2,073 x 46 m) Asphalt, grooved
  • Helipad H1: 40 x 40 ft (12 x 12 m), Surface: Concrete

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.

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.[24]

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.

Unlike the other two major New York-area airports, JFK and La Guardia, 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.


Newark Liberty International Airport has three passenger terminals. Terminal A and Terminal B were completed in 1973 and have four levels. Ticket counters are on the top floor, except for the second-floor Aer Lingus and Delta Air Lines counters and first-floor British Airways and Spirit Airlines counters in Terminal B. Gates and shops are on the third floor. Baggage carousels (both A and B) are on the second floor (B has four on the first) and Terminal B has an international arrivals lounge on that floor too. Finally, short-term parking and ramp operations (restricted areas) are on the ground floor.

Terminal A handles only domestic and Canadian flights served by Jet Blue, Alaska, Virgin America, Southwest, Air Canada, Air Canada Express, American, American Eagle; and some United Express (i.e., ultra-short haul flights) flights; Terminal B exclusively handles foreign carriers; and also handles flights to the Caribbean through JetBlue and other smaller carriers, Delta, Delta Connection, Elite, Alegiant and Spirit flights, and some of United's international flights; and Terminal C is exclusively for United Airlines and its short haul carrier United Express.

Terminal C, designed by Grad Associates[33] and completed in 1988, 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. Upon opening, Terminal C had 41 gates, one departures level, one arrivals level, and an underground parking garage. The gates, and food and shopping outlets, are located on a mezzanine level between the two check-in floors.

From 1998 to 2003 Terminal C was rebuilt and expanded in a $1.2 billion program known as the Continental Airlines Global Gateway Project.[34] The project, which was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill,[34] 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: 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 Club) lounge 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.

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.[35] Plans are also in place to expand Terminal A by adding a new parking garage and radically expanding the size of the first concourse to add new gates, ticketing, baggage and security areas.

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 A10 and ends in Terminal C with Gate C139. Wayfinding signage throughout the terminals was designed by Paul Mijksenaar, who also designed signage for LaGuardia and JFK Airports.[36]

Terminal A is the only terminal that has no immigration facilities: flights arriving from other countries cannot use Terminal A (except countries with US customs preclearance), although some departing international flights use the terminal.

Following the business model of the Port Authority's other facilities, in some cases entire terminals are operated by terminal operators and not by the Port Authority directly. At Newark Liberty, Terminal A and Terminal C are operated by United Airlines. Terminal B is the only passenger terminal directly operated by the Port Authority.

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. That renovation is currently underway. Foye also said a new Terminal A may be built.[37]

Further developments were made in 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.[38]

In November 2014, airport amenity manager OTG announced a new $120 million renovation plan for terminal C that includes 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.[39]

The airport has 121 gates in the three terminals. Terminal A has 29 gates, Terminal B has 24 gates, and Terminal C has 68 gates.[40]

Ground transportation[edit]


A free monorail system (AirTrain) connects the terminals with Newark Liberty International Airport Station. The station provides direct rail connections to any station along New Jersey Transit's Northeast Corridor Line or North Jersey Coast Line, including regional transit 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 also serves the station with Northeast Regional and Keystone Service trains excluding Acela Express.

The AirTrain monorail also connects the terminals with parking lots, parking garages, and rental car facilities.


go bus 28

NJT buses operate northbound local service to Irvington, Downtown Newark and Newark Penn Station, where connections are available to the PATH rapid transit system and 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.

Olympia Trails operates express buses to Port Authority Bus Terminal, Bryant Park and Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan[41] and Super-Shuttle, Go Airport Shuttle and Go-link operate shared taxi services.[42]


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.

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. Northbound, Route 1/9 becomes the Pulaski Skyway which connects to the Holland Tunnel which links Jersey City with Lower Manhattan.

The airport operates short and long term parking lots with shuttle buses and monorail access to the terminals.

A new free Cellphone Lot (waiting area) has been opened for people picking someone up at the airport.[43]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Dublin
Aer Lingus
operated by ASL Airlines Ireland
Seasonal: Dublin
Air Canada Calgary, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Air Canada Express Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson
Air China Beijing–Capital
Air India Ahmedabad, Delhi, London–Heathrow, Mumbai
Alaska Airlines Portland (OR), San Diego, San Jose (CA),[44] Seattle/Tacoma
Allegiant Air Asheville (NC), Cincinnati, Knoxville, Savannah
Seasonal: Fort Walton Beach (begins June 2, 2017)[45]
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare
Austrian Airlines Vienna
British Airways London–Heathrow
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Delta Air Lines Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City
Delta Connection Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Raleigh/Durham
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Elite Airways Vero Beach (FL)
Seasonal: Bar Harbor, Biminia (begins June 1, 2017)[46]
Emirates Athens, Dubai-International[47]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa, Lomé
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, Tampa, West Palm Beach
Seasonal: Barbados[48][49]
La Compagnie Paris–Charles de Gaulle
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin (resumes August 1, 2017)[50]
LOT Polish Airlines
operated by EuroAtlantic Airways
Warsaw–Chopin (begins April 28, 2017; ends July 31, 2017)[51]
Lufthansa Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle
operated by Norwegian Long Haul
Barcelona (begins June 6, 2017)[52]
OpenSkies Paris–Orly
Porter Airlines Toronto–Billy Bishop
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Southwest Airlines Austin, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Fort Lauderdale,[53] Indianapolis (begins June 4, 2017),[54] Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, St. Louis
Seasonal: Oakland (begins June 4, 2017),[54] San Diego (begins June 4, 2017),[54] San Juan
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental (begins April 27, 2017),[55] Myrtle Beach,[56] Orlando
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
TAP Portugal Lisbon, Porto
United Airlines Aguadilla, Amsterdam, Antigua, Aruba, Atlanta, Austin, Barcelona, Beijing–Capital, Berlin–Tegel, Bermuda, Birmingham (UK), Bogotá, Boston, Brussels, Cancún, Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Delhi, Denver, Detroit, Dublin, Edinburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Guatemala City, Hartford, Havana, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Houston–Intercontinental, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Lima, Lisbon, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester (UK), Mexico City, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montego Bay, Mumbai, Munich, Nashville, Nassau, New Orleans, Norfolk, Orange County, Orlando, Panama City, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, Port of Spain, Portland (OR), Providenciales, Puerto Plata, Puerto Vallarta, Punta Cana, Raleigh/Durham, Sacramento (begins June 8, 2017),[57] Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA),[58] San José de Costa Rica, San José del Cabo, San Juan, San Pedro Sula, Santo Domingo–Las Americas, Santiago de los Caballeros, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Seattle/Tacoma, Shanghai–Pudong, Shannon, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Tampa, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tokyo–Narita, Washington–Dulles, West Palm Beach, Zürich
Seasonal: Anchorage,[59] Athens, Belize City, Bonaire, Bozeman, Cozumel, Eagle/Vail, Grand Cayman, Hamburg, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Jackson Hole, Liberia (CR), Montrose, Myrtle Beach, Pittsburgh, Rome–Fiumicino, San Salvador, Sarasota, Savannah, Stockholm–Arlanda, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Vancouver, Venice–Marco Polo
United Express Akron/Canton, Albany, Asheville (NC), Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Bangor, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Des Moines, Detroit, Fayetteville/Bentonville, Flint (ends April 30, 2017), Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville/Spartanburg, Halifax, Hartford, Indianapolis, Ithaca, Jacksonville (FL), Kansas City, Knoxville, Lexington (KY), Louisville, Madison, Manchester (NH), Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montréal–Trudeau, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Providence, Québec City, Raleigh/Durham, Richmond, Rochester (NY), St. Louis, Savannah, South Bend, Syracuse, Toronto–Pearson, Washington–Dulles, Washington–National, West Palm Beach, Wilkes–Barre/Scranton
Seasonal: Fort Myers, Key West, Miami, Myrtle Beach, Nantucket, Traverse City
Vacation Express
operated by Dominican Wings
Seasonal Charter: Punta Cana[60]
Vacation Express
operated by Volaris
Seasonal Charter: Cancún
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco
Virgin Atlantic London–Heathrow
WOW air Reykjavík–Keflavík[61]

^a Flight operates nonstop from Newark to Bimini, but stops in Melbourne, Florida on return.


Airlines Destinations
Cargojet Bermuda
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air
FedEx Express Allentown, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Montréal–Mirabel, Nashville, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pittsburgh, Washington–Dulles
FedEx Feeder
operated by Mountain Air Cargo
Baltimore, Buffalo, Syracuse, Washington–Dulles
FedEx Feeder
operated by Wiggins Airways
Albany (NY), Boston, Harrisburg, Plattsburgh, Providence
UPS Airlines Anchorage, Chicago/Rockford, Dallas/Fort Worth, Des Moines, Hartford, London–Stansted, Louisville, Tokyo–Narita


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from EWR (Dec 2015 – Nov 2016)[62]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 San Francisco, California 916,000 United, Virgin America
2 Orlando, Florida 820,000 JetBlue, United, Southwest, Spirit
3 Los Angeles, California 819,000 United, Virgin America
4 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 678,000 American, United
5 Atlanta, Georgia 619,000 Delta, United
6 Charlotte, North Carolina 525,000 American, United
7 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 515,000 United
8 Boston, Massachusetts 504,000 JetBlue, United
9 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 495,000 JetBlue, United
10 Denver, Colorado 461,000 Southwest, United
Busiest International Routes to and from EWR (2015)[63]
Rank Airport Passengers Annual Change Carriers
1 London (Heathrow), United Kingdom 944,639 Decrease05.5% Air India, British Airways, United, Virgin Atlantic
2 Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion), Israel 498,605 Increase01.9% El Al, United
3 Toronto (Pearson), Canada 425,351 Increase02.8% Air Canada, United
4 Toronto (Billy Bishop), Canada 389,413 Increase01.3% Porter Airlines
5 Frankfurt, Germany 382,509 Increase03.8% Lufthansa, United
6 Paris (Charles de Gaulle), France 354,917 Increase03.3% Delta, La Compagnie, United
7 Hong Kong, Hong Kong 352,819 Increase013.2% Cathay Pacific, United
8 Mumbai, India 352,637 Increase07.4% Air India, Jet Airways, United
9 Cancun, Mexico 337,705 Increase024.2% United, VivaAerobus, Volaris
10 Brussels, Belgium 316,674 Decrease03.6% Jet Airways, United
11 Munich, Germany 306,178 Decrease05.8% Lufthansa, United
12 Zürich, Switzerland 240,973 Decrease01.2% Swiss, United
13 Lisbon, Portugal 235,336 Increase02.4% TAP Portugal, United
14 Stockholm (Arlanda), Sweden 222,960 Decrease05.8% Scandinavian, United
15 Amsterdam, Netherlands 220,340 Decrease03.0% Delta, United

Airline market share[edit]

As of 2012, United Airlines flies 72% of all passengers at Newark.[29]

Largest Airlines at EWR (June 2015 – May 2016)[64]
Rank Airline Passengers
1 United Airlines 26,656,024
2 American Airlines1 2,621,383
3 Delta Air Lines 1,844,118
4 JetBlue 1,635,895
5 Southwest Airlines 1,343,987
6 Scandinavian Airlines 520,102
7 Lufthansa 519,967
8 Virgin America 499,079
9 Air Canada 491,194
10 Porter Airlines 390,383
11 British Airways 269,499
12 Alaska Airlines 238,148
13 Air India 201,544
14 TAP Portugal 189,146
15 Cathay Pacific 181,039
16 El Al 159,462
17 Virgin Atlantic 157,910
18 Jet Airways 137,336
19 Swiss International Air Lines 136,891

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at EWR, 1949 through 2015[65][66][67][68][69]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 33,107,041 2000 34,188,701 1990 22,255,002 1980 9,223,260 1970 6,460,489 1960 2,935,613
2009 33,424,110 1999 33,622,686 1989 20,927,946 1949 834,916
2008 35,366,359 1998 32,575,874 1988 22,495,568
2007 36,367,240 1997 30,945,857 1987 23,475,254
2016 40,351,331 2006 35,764,910 1996 29,117,464 1986 29,433,046
2015 37,494,704 2005 33,078,473 1995 26,626,231 1985 28,576,586
2014 35,600,108 2004 31,893,372 1994 28,019,984 1984 23,654,163
2013 35,016,236 2003 29,428,899 1993 25,809,413
2012 34,014,027 2002 29,220,775 1992 24,284,248
2011 33,711,372 2001 31,100,491 1991 22,276,396

Airport information[edit]

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. 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.

The airport has the IATA designation 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.[70] The airport has no official area to view flight traffic, but the IKEA of Elizabeth (located on the East side of the New Jersey Turnpike) may be used as an unofficial vantage point for aircraft both departing and landing.


Within the Newark Liberty International Airport complex is a Marriott hotel, the only hotel located on airport property.[71] Shuttle vans operate between the hotel and terminals because the Marriott is not serviced by the monorail and there is no official walking route to the terminals, despite the Marriott's immediate proximity to the main parking lot between the terminals.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On March 17, 1929, a Colonial Western Airlines Ford Tri-Motor suffered a double engine failure during its initial climb after takeoff, failed to gain height, and crashed into a railroad freight car loaded with sand, killing 14 of the 15 people on board. At the time, it was deadliest aviation accident in American history.[72]
  • On December 16, 1951, a passenger C-46 Commando lost a cylinder on takeoff from Runway 28 and crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, killing 56.[13]
  • On January 22, 1952, an American Airlines Convair 240 crashed in Elizabeth on approach to Runway 6, killing 30.[14]
  • On February 11, 1952, a National Airlines Douglas DC-6 crashed in Elizabeth after takeoff from runway 24, killing 33.[16][73]
  • On April 18, 1979, a New York Airways commuter helicopter on a routine flight to LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport plunged 150 feet (46 m) into the area between Runways 4L/22R and 4R/22L, killing three passengers and injuring 15. It was later determined the crash was due to a failure in the helicopter's tail rotor.[74]
  • On July 31, 1997, FedEx Flight 14, a McDonnell Douglas MD-11, crashed while landing after a flight from Anchorage International Airport. The No. 3 engine contacted the runway during a rough landing which caused the aircraft to flip upside down, after which it was destroyed by fire. The two crewmembers and three passengers escaped uninjured.[75][76]
  • On January 10, 2010, United Airlines Flight 634, an Airbus A319, made an emergency landing after the aircraft's right main landing gear failed to deploy. No passengers or crew members were injured during the landing.[77] The aircraft sustained substantial damage in the accident.[78][79]
  • On January 21, 2013, United Airlines Flight 4480 from Rochester, New York, was landing when several rear tires blew. The plane veered onto a taxiway, but did not strike anything. The plane was carrying eight passengers and five crew members. No one was hurt.[80]
  • On May 1, 2013, Scandinavian Airlines Flight 908, an A330-300 that was cleared for takeoff, collided with an ExpressJet Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft on the taxiway. The ERJ-145 lost its tail in the accident.[81]
  • On May 18, 2013, a malfunctioning landing gear forced US Airways Flight 4560 to make a belly landing. None of the passengers or crew were injured.[82]

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  1. ^ Newark Liberty International Airport is an airport of firsts: the first major airport in the New York metropolitan area, the first with a control tower and now the area's busiest. Sandwiched between the New Jersey Turnpike, U.S. Routes 1 and 9, and I-78, the airport handles more flights (though not as many passengers) as John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), despite being 40 percent of JFK's land size. The airport serves as a hub for United Airlines, among 50 other scheduled carriers. 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. 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 original 1935 central terminal building is a National Historic Landmark. Newark Liberty employs more than 24,000 people[4]


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