New York City is perpetually packed, and traffic is always flowing in and out of the city from all directions. Air traffic to and from the city has three main avenues, JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Airport. All three service the metropolitan area. According to WikiPedia – New Yorks, JFK airport is among the top 10 busiest airports in the United States and is even ranks as number 19 busiest in the entire world.
JFK has 7 operating terminals that funnel millions of passengers to and from New York City. The airport offers connecting flights to every major city in the world, and has the highest international traffic rate of any in the world. Supporting over 70 airlines there are 7 passenger terminals with 117 gates. The airport has GroundLink transportation service with various vehicle options for any occasion with drivers to take you to your destination including curb or indoor pickup.
Travel time to JFK from midtown Manhattan ranges from 35 to 90 minutes depending on your mode of transportation and traffic conditions.
Located in Queens, LGA is the second major airport in New York operated by the Port Authority of New York with 4 major terminals servicing domestic and international flights. The airport has 76 gates for the majority of domestic flights. Within the airport you can easily travel between terminals thanks to the free AirTrain that runs 24 hours a day every 15 minutes. LGA does not have a light rail, so ground transportation includes buses, taxis, rental cars, and limousines.
Public transportation options include limited shuttle busses, private transportation services, and taxi services. Plan in advance as direct access from the subway or commuter rail is not available.
The third largest New York airport, EWR, has 3 major terminals and about 33 million passengers each year. Newark Airport is in Newark, New Jersey operated by the Port Authority and is part of New York’s primary airport triad. EWR has 61 gates servicing domestic and international flights. Getting to Newark might get you out of some of the airport traffic, but there are none of New York’s yellow cabs so remember to plan transportation ahead of time. Ground transportation includes GroundLink private transport, busses and taxis (with very steep fairs outside of New York). The best way is probably GroundLink. Within the airport there is the AirTrain running 24 hours a day every 15 minutes.
Flying in New York is like doing anything in New York, crowded. Each airport has its specialties, with JFK having the broadest range—and the most traffic. Plan for plenty of extra travel time to and from any of the major airports in New York, if you are going to be in a hurry to get somewhere soon after landing opt for private transportation from GroundLink or similar, otherwise you will be at the mercy of the cab drivers and the flood of passengers before you, and if you have ever been to New York City, this can take a while.
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Shane McConnel works for one of the leading limousine companies in New York City, however this is just a means to an end for him. Shane has always enjoyed flying, he is currently trying to get his Commercial Pilots licenses and hopes to one day become an Airline Transport Pilot for one of the major airlines.