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Newark Liberty International Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport from the Air.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Cities of Elizabeth and Newark
Operator Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Serves New Jersey
Location Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Hub for
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 New Jersey
EWR is in New Jersey
EWR is in New Jersey
EWR is in New Jersey
EWR is in New Jersey
EWR is in New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
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
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 40 12 Concrete
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft operations[1] 443,249
Passengers (ACI)[1] 43,393,499

Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWRICAO: KEWRFAA LID: EWR), originally Newark Metropolitan Airport and later Newark International Airport, is the primary airport serving the U.S. state of New Jersey. The airport straddles the boundary between the cities of Elizabeth and Newark, the latter of which is the most populous city in the state.[2] The airport is owned jointly by the cities of Elizabeth and Newark and leased to and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.[3]

Newark Airport is located 60 miles (97 km) northeast of Philadelphia, and 15 miles (24 km) southwest of New York City, and is a major airport serving both the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. It was the first major airport in the United States[4] and was the Northeast USA's busiest in terms of flights through 2013.[a] In 2017, EWR was the fifteenth busiest airport in the United States, and the forty-sixth busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, serving 43,393,499 passengers.

Newark serves 50 carriers and is the third-largest hub (after Chicago–O'Hare and Houston–Intercontinental) for United Airlines, which is the airport's largest tenant (operating in all three of Newark's terminals).[6] 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,[5] 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.[4] 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 5,940-foot (1,811 m) runway 1, 7,900-foot (2,408 m) runway 6 and 7,100-foot (2,164 m) 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]

Through the early 1970s, Newark had a single terminal building located on the north side of the field, by what is now Interstate 78.[18] 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.[19] 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 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.[20][21]

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 (99 m) 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 October 2017, is a Qatar Airways' flight between Auckland and Doha.

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) 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).[22] 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.[23][24]

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.[25]

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.[26] In 2015, the airline announced plans to leave JFK altogether and streamline its transcontinental operations at Newark.[27] 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.[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 existing, which opened in 1973. The new Terminal A is expected to cost around $2.3 billion, and will include a new parking garage, 33 gates, and a walkway to connect the Airtrain station, parking garage, and terminal. 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 and Jersey City skylines behind the airport
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 by 150 feet (3,353 m × 46 m) Asphalt/concrete, grooved
  • 4R/22L: 10,000 by 150 feet (3,048 m × 46 m) Asphalt, grooved
  • 11/29: 6,726 by 150 feet (2,050 m × 46 m) Asphalt, grooved
  • Helipad H1: 40 by 40 feet (12 m × 12 m) 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.[25]

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 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, Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines counters and first-floor British Airways, OpenSkies 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 also has some on the first floor) 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 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.

Terminal A handles only domestic and Canadian flights served by Jet Blue, Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, Southwest, Air Canada, Air Canada Express, American Airlines, 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 Airlines, Delta Connection, Elite Airways, Alegiant and Spirit Airlines flights, and some of United's international flights.

Terminal C is exclusively for United Airlines and its regional carrier United Express.

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][35] 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.[36] 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.[37]

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.[38]

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.[39]

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.[40]

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.[41]

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[42] and Super-Shuttle, Go Airport Shuttle and Go-link operate shared taxi services.[43]


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.[44]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aer Lingus Dublin
Air Canada Calgary, Vancouver
Air Canada Express Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Toronto–Pearson
Air China Beijing–Capital
Air India Ahmedabada,[45] Delhi, London–Heathrow,[45] Mumbai
Alaska Airlines Los Angeles (begins April 25, 2018),[46] Portland (OR), San Diego, San Francisco (begins April 25, 2018),[46] San Jose (CA), Seattle/Tacoma
Allegiant Air Asheville, Cincinnati, Savannah
Seasonal: Fort Walton Beach,[47] Knoxville[48]
American Airlines Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Avianca El Salvador San Salvador[49]
British Airways London–Heathrow
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Delta Air Lines Amsterdam (ends March 23, 2018),[50] 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: Biminib[51]
Emirates Athens, Dubai–International
Ethiopian Airlines Abidjan (begins May 10, 2018),[52] Addis Ababa, Lomé
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík
JetBlue Airways Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, San Juan, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas (begins May 3, 2018),[53] Tampa, West Palm Beach
Seasonal: Barbados
La Compagnie Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Level Paris–Orly (begins September 4, 2018)[54]
LOT Polish Airlines Rzeszów (resumes April 29, 2018),[55] Warsaw–Chopin[56]
Lufthansa Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Barcelona, Paris–Orly (begins February 28, 2018),[57] Rome–Fiumicino[58]
OpenSkies Paris–Orly (ends September 2, 2018)[59][60]
Porter Airlines Toronto–Billy Bishop
Primera Air Birmingham (UK) (begins May 18, 2018),[61] London–Stansted (begins April 19, 2018),[61] Paris–Charles de Gaulle (begins May 18, 2018)[61]
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Southwest Airlines Austin, Chicago–Midway, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Oakland (resumes April 8, 2018),[62] Orlando, Phoenix–Sky Harbor, San Diego, San Juan, St. Louis
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental, Las Vegas,[63] Myrtle Beach, New Orleans,[63] Orlando
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon, Porto
United Airlines Aguadilla, Amsterdam, Antigua, Aruba, Asheville, Atlanta, Austin, Barcelona, Beijing–Capital, Berlin–Tegel, Bermuda, Bogotá, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza,[64] Bonaire, Boston, Brussels, Cancún, Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Delhi, Denver, Detroit, Dublin, Edinburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Frankfurt, Geneva, Guatemala City, Hartford, Havana, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Houston–Intercontinental, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Lima, Lisbon, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester (UK), Memphis, Mexico City, Miami, Milan–Malpensa, Milwaukee, 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, Rome–Fiumicino,[65] Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose (CA), San José de Costa Rica, San José del Cabo, San Juan, San Pedro Sula, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, Santiago de los Caballeros, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Seattle/Tacoma, Shanghai–Pudong, St. Lucia–Hewanorra, St. Maarten, Tampa, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tokyo–Narita, Washington–Dulles, West Palm Beach, Zürich
Seasonal: Anchorage, Athens, Belize City, Bozeman, Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Cozumel, Eagle/Vail, Glasgow,[66] Grand Cayman, Hamburg, Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Jackson Hole, Liberia (CR), Montrose, Myrtle Beach, Porto (begins May 4, 2018),[67] Reykjavík–Keflavík (begins May 23, 2018),[67] Rochester (NY), San Salvador, Sarasota, Savannah, Shannon,[68] Stockholm–Arlanda, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Vancouver, Venice–Marco Polo
United Express Akron/Canton, Albany, Asheville, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Bangor, Boston, Buffalo, Burlington (VT), Charleston (SC), Charlotte, Chattanooga, Chicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus–Glenn, Dallas/Fort Worth, Dayton, Des Moines, Detroit, Elmira (begins April 9, 2018),[69] Fayetteville/Bentonville, 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, Rapid City (begins June 23, 2018), Sarasota, Traverse City
Vacation Express Seasonal Charter: Cancún,[70] Cozumel (begins July 10, 2018),[70] Freeport (begins July 15, 2018),[70] Punta Cana[70]
Virgin America Los Angeles, San Francisco (both end April 24, 2018)[46]
Virgin Atlantic London–Heathrow
VivaAerobus Seasonal: Cancún (begins March 25, 2018)[71]
WOW air Reykjavík–Keflavík

^a Flight to Ahmedebad and the flight back to Newark have a fifth-freedom stop at London-Heathrow.

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


Airlines Destinations
Cargojet Bermuda
DHL Aviation Cincinnati
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 Albany (NY), Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Harrisburg, Plattsburgh, Providence, Syracuse, Washington–Dulles
IAG Cargo Paris–Orly
UPS Airlines Anchorage, Chicago/Rockford, Dallas/Fort Worth, Des Moines, Hartford, London–Stansted, Louisville, Ontario, Tokyo–Narita


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from Newark Liberty
(November 2016 – October 2017)
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Orlando, Florida 1,033,910 JetBlue, Spirit, United, Southwest
2 San Francisco, California 953,280 United, Virgin America
3 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 837,880 JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, United
4 Los Angeles, California 808,860 United, Virgin America
5 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 717,860 American, United
6 Atlanta, Georgia 634,450 Delta, United
7 Houston–Intercontinental, Texas 536,090 Spirit, United
8 Boston, Massachusetts 521,540 JetBlue, United
9 Charlotte, North Carolina 510,020 American, United
10 Denver, Colorado 483,130 Southwest, United
Busiest International Routes to and from EWR (2016)[73]
Rank Airport Passengers Annual Change Carriers
1 United Kingdom London–Heathrow 917,473 Decrease05.8% Air India, British Airways, United, Virgin Atlantic
2 Israel Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion 507,378 Increase01.8% El Al, United
3 Canada Toronto–Pearson 439,922 Increase03.2% Air Canada, United
4 Canada Toronto–Billy Bishop 406,084 Increase04.3% Porter Airlines
5 Mexico Cancún 398,001 Increase017.9% United
6 Germany Frankfurt 376,111 Decrease01.7% Lufthansa, United
7 France Paris–Charles de Gaulle 359,748 Increase01.4% Delta, La Compagnie, United
8 India Mumbai 357,892 Increase01.5% Air India, United
9 Hong Kong Hong Kong 349,769 Decrease00.9% Cathay Pacific, United
10 Germany Munich 287,508 Decrease06.1% Lufthansa, United
11 China Beijing–Capital 267,896 Increase051.0% Air China, United
12 Switzerland Zürich 248,026 Increase02.9% Swiss, United
13 Denmark Copenhagen 241,390 Increase025.3% Scandinavian
14 Portugal Lisbon 240,892 Increase02.4% TAP Portugal, United
15 Netherlands Amsterdam 238,928 Increase08.4% Delta, United
16 Dominican Republic Punta Cana 233,210 Increase08.3% United
17 Aruba Aruba 221,325 Increase027.3% United
18 Republic of Ireland Dublin 214,429 Increase049.9% Aer Lingus, United
19 United States Virgin Islands St. Thomas 203,464 Increase04.5% United
20 Sweden Stockholm–Arlanda 201,497 Decrease09.6% Scandinavian, United

Airline market share[edit]

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

Largest Airlines at EWR (June 2016 – May 2017)[74]
Rank Airline Passengers
1 United Airlines 28,360,814
2 American Airlines1 2,418,113
3 JetBlue 2,056,149
4 Delta Airlines 1,852,525
5 Southwest Airlines 1,402,124
6 Air Canada 631,761
7 Virgin America 604,015
8 Lufthansa 545,923
9 Scandinavian Airlines 535,614
10 Spirit Airlines 438,389
11 Porter Airlines 397,909
12 Alaska Airlines 354,465
13 British Airways 267,304
14 Air India 248,565
15 TAP Portugal 187,735
16 Cathay Pacific 186,623
17 El Al 165,751
18 Virgin Atlantic 153,081
19 Swiss International Air Lines 139,076

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic (enplaned + deplaned) at EWR, 1949 through 2015[75][76][77][78][79]
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.[80] 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.[81] 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.[82]
  • 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][83]
  • 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.[84]
  • 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.[85][86]
  • On September 11, 2001, Newark International Airport was the starting point of United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 that was hijacked as a part of the September 11 attacks, the flight was crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
  • 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.[87] The aircraft sustained substantial damage in the accident.[88][89]
  • On January 21, 2013, ExpressJet Flight 4480, marketed as United Express 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.[90]
  • 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.[91]
  • 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.[92]

See also[edit]


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