For years, three airports have fallen under New York City’s airport codes, but in a few weeks that will change. As of October 3, Newark Liberty International Airport is no longer considered a New York City airport by IATA.
Three main airports
The New York City metropolitan area is one of the few areas that is home to several major airports. Metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and London are home to many airports. New York has three major airports, two in New York State and one in New Jersey, but one of New York’s airports is closer to Manhattan.
Delta recently opened a new terminal at LGA. Photo: Delta Air Lines
John F. Kennedy International Airport is the largest of the three and sees the most diverse international traffic. Often referred to negatively, LaGuardia Airport is a base for a few airlines and serves mainly domestic traffic but a few international flights. Finally, across the water lies another beast, the ever-busy Newark Liberty International Airport. Newark is a major hub for United Airlines, which is why the airport has many international flights. Still, other than United, few international airlines are operating out of EWR.
What changes for passengers?
Until now, all three airports have been united under one Aita city code, but this is about to change. But what does this mean for passengers? The answer to this question depends on the airlines and their policies. Because EWR is no longer considered a New York City airport by IATA, airlines are no longer required to offer passengers alternatives to the other two New York City airports. Many airlines now offer passengers the option to change flights within city codes without penalty.
The airline policy listed above may or may not change; Only time will tell. Some US airlines will rebook passengers within a 100-mile radius of their origin or destination if their trip is canceled.
United is the largest operator at EWR and operates many international flights from the airport. Photo: Getty Images
A few months ago, I was in Missouri and bought a return ticket to Denver even though I wanted to end up in Colorado Springs. I experienced delays and cancellations during the trip and had to stay overnight in Missouri before leaving the next day. The airport staff rebooked me for a flight to Colorado Springs the next day, which is within 100 miles of Denver.
According to Travel + Entertainment, IATA shared a statement that made it clear that all three New York-area airports will be listed when passengers search for flight options on airline sites or other travel agencies. This is a relief and makes things easier for passengers when doing one search for NYC area airports and another for EWR flights.
Have you ever flown through NYC airports? If so, which one(s)? Did you need to transfer from one NYC airport to another? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Travel + entertainment