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Key Facts and Figures on Newark Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), located 24 kilometres southwest of Midtown Manhattan, is one of the three main airports in the New York Metropolitan area. The other two airports are "John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)", and "La Guardia." Newark airport has expanded in size, from 68 acres in 1928, to 2027 acres now. The airport now has three runways and a helipad. The longest runway extends 11,000 ft. There are three terminals. Terminal A, and B were constructed in 1973, and Terminal C came up in 1988. All the terminals have undergone extensive renovations, since then. Newark handled 33,711,372 passengers, and 811,989 tonnes of cargo, in 410,013 flight movements, in 2011. These figures represent a marginal increase over 2010. For detailed stats on Newark Airport, please visit: More than 30 airlines operate out of Newark today, including the following airlines: American Airlines, British Airways, Austrian Airlines, Jet Airways, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic. These airlines connect Newark to more than 100 destinations.

Newark Airport from 1928 to our times

In 1928, the city of Newark developed an airport on 68 acres of reclaimed land. This was the first major airport in New York. The airport, however, suffered a serious setback a decade later, when La Guardia opened. By mid-1940, all the five major scheduled carriers servicing Newark relocated to La Guardia. The US Army took over Newark during World War II, and closed the airport for commercial aviation.
Commercial operations resumed in the aftermath of world War II. In 1948, the "Port Authority of New York and New Jersey" took over control of the airport, and undertook extensive development works, including construction of new hangers, terminals, and runways. The airport has been undergoing periodic improvements, since then. The airport suffered a jolt in 1951-52, when three big crashes, involving planes taking off from Newark, occurred during a span of less than two months. This led to the closure of the airport for a few months. Though operations resumed soon, the airport remained unpopular for long, and, as such, underutilised. Newark, nevertheless, became very popular in the 1980s, fuelled mainly by People Express, which went on to become one of the largest American airlines, having established its base at Newark in 1981. In 1984, Virgin Atlantic commenced its Newark - London operations, catapulting Newark as a international gateway airport. In 2001, Singapore Airlines started a Newark-Singapore flight, which became the longest non-stop scheduled service in the world.
Today, Continental and United Airlines, combined, control 71 percent of the airport's passenger flight. The airport is now the busiest among the three airports in new York metropolitan area, in terms of flight traffic.

Flight Cancellation and Delay Statistics at Newark Airport

Newark is today the busiest airport in New York metropolitan area, and experiences severe congestion at most times. As such, delays are common. In fact, the US Bureau of Transport Statistics ranks Newark as having the worst record for on-time arrivals and departures of any U.S. airport. About one in every three flights, or 33.28 percent of all flights, arrive late in Newark. 27.03 percent of all flights depart later than scheduled as well. Around four percent of all flights stand cancelled. Newark also has the reputation of being at the one end of the two most chronically delayed flights in the U.S. Both originate from Newark and go to Atlanta during rush hour. Both flights suffer from an average delay of one hour and 21 minutes, 50 to 60 percent of the time. For punctuality statistics of Newark Airport, please visit TranStats.

In the U.S., federal rules mandate airlines to provide adequate food and drinks, medical facilities, and lavatory facilities, when flights are delayed beyond two hours. The recent verdict of the E.U. Court of Justice lends clarity to the issue of compensation that passenger of delayed flights are entitled to. Passengers are entitled to compensation up to £480, when their flight arrives at the destination three hours behind schedule. However, this excludes delays on account of bad weather, strikes, or any factor for which the airline cannot be held responsible. The verdict came in September 2012, but airlines are liable to make payoff for delays for the last six years retrospectively. Flightright does all the work for their customers to claim their compensation without any hassle or instructing a lawyer.

What rights do I have?

Under EU law, you can get up to 480£ compensation in the event of a delay, cancellation or overbooking of your flight.
This is true regardless of the ticket price and up to 6 years retrospectively.


What to do when delayed?

  • gather information
  • Take photos
  • You are entitled to vouchers
  • Keep documents from the airline, such as letters, tickets, vouchers
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600 €
> 3,500km
3H Delay
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