Newark Liberty International Airport, or EWR, is a major international airport serving the New York metropolitan area. The airport is located at the boundary between Newark and Elizabeth in Essex County and Union County, New Jersey, and plays a crucial role for the New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas. Newark Airport is located 3 miles south of Downtown Newark, and 9 miles west-southwest of the borough of Manhattan.
In 2017, EWR was the sixth busiest airport in the US in terms of international passenger traffic. As of 2019, the airport ranks 43rd on the list of busiest airports in the world, with 46.34 million processed passengers.
Newark Liberty airport operates flights to about 185 domestic and international destinations worldwide, including Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Major airlines operate at the airport, including American Airlines, Allegiant, Air Canada, Delta, Cathay, JetBlue, Turkish and United Airlines.
EWR serves as a hub for United Airlines, which operates 77 daily nonstop international flights and 327 daily domestic flights from the airport.
Airport Stats & Facts
- EWR was built by the City of Newark in 1928.
- The facility was used by the Army Air Corps during World War II.
- On January 22, 1952, an American Airlines CV-240 crashed while approaching the airport’s runway, killing all 23 passengers on board. A National DC-6 crashed in February 1952 after taking off, killing 29 of 63 on board and four on the ground.
- Newark Liberty airport ranked last on the list of 20 best airports in the US. The ranking is based on reliability, convenience and value.
- United Airlines’ Flight 93 that was hijacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001, took off from Newark International Airport and was enroute to San Francisco. It subsequently crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
- The airport is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages 4 other airports including JFK Airport.
- In 2018, a $2.7 billion project was started at EWR for the construction of Terminal 1 that will replace Terminal A.
Airport Traveling Tips
- Newark airport peak hours are between 5am & 11am and between 7pm & 9pm. The busiest days are usually Thursdays and Fridays.
- During peak hours, you should drop-off your passenger at curbsides of the departure terminal. However, do no park on the curbsides or airport roadways. If you want to wait, use the Cell Phone lot which is five minutes away from all terminals.
- According to airport guidelines, you should arrive two hours prior to your domestic flight and three hours prior to your international flight. TSA security wait times could cause delays. Reach well before your flight time to avoid any delays or risk of missing your flight.
It’s also helpful to take a look at Newark airport terminal map before leaving for the airport.
Passenger Pick-up and Drop-off
- Before going to pick up your party at the Newark Liberty Airport, make sure to identify the terminal where they’d be arriving. Each terminal has its own parking.
- If your party hasn’t arrived yet, use the Cell Phone Lots located near the airport’s entrance, adjacent to P4 Parking garage.
- You can also use the short-term parking lots at EWR, which cost $4 for 30 minutes.
- To know more about flights, Newark arrival time, delays, time-to-land and gate information, check out our EWR Arriving Flight status page.
- For departing flights, see our EWR Departing Flight status page to check actual and scheduled departure times, flight delays, map tracking and EWR airport gate info.
- You can also book a flight at EWR directly and check the best fares and offers at the airport.
The Newark Liberty International Airport has three terminals with 110 gates. The terminals — A, B, C— are arranged in a semi-circle structure. Passengers can go from one terminal to another using AirTrain, which is free and operates 24 hours.
Terminal A: Terminal A of EWR mainly handles domestic and regional flights. It has three concourses and four levels.
Major airlines including JetBlue, Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and American Eagle operate domestic flights at this terminal.
Terminal B: Terminal B mainly hosts international flights and some domestic flights. This terminal has three concourses. Several international airlines and famous carriers like Delta Airlines, Delta Connection, Sun Country, Elite Airways, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines operate on this terminal.
Terminal C: Terminal C is exclusively used by United Airlines by United Airlines. It has three concourses.
- Newark Liberty Airport serves over 30 domestic and international airlines, including American Airlines, Air Canada, Eurowings, Delta, Frontier Airlines, British Airways, JetBlue and Sun Country.
- The airport is a major hub of United Airlines.
- View the full list of airlines served at EWR.
There are several parking options available at the Newark airport.
All terminals have short-term parking lots at EWR airport.
Short-term parking costs $4 for every 30 minutes.
You cannot park your car at short-term parking lots for more than 24 hours.
You can use Lot P1/P3 and Garage P4 for daily parking.
You can also easily access AirTrain from these lots.
This parking also costs $4 per 30 minutes.
You can use Lot P6 for economy parking.
The cost for a full day is $18. After the first 24 hours, every 8-hour slot costs $6.
This parking lot is located approximately 3 miles from the terminal area.
You can reach this parking lot using the courtesy shuttle/bus between P6 and Terminals A, B, and C.
Cell-Phone Waiting Lots
This is the best place to park your car if you plan to wait. This parking lot is free, and located near the airport's entrance, adjacent to the P4 Parking garage.
This parking lot is less than five minutes away from all terminals.
However, you must stay with your vehicle at all times.
If you want to avoid the hassle of finding parking lots, you can book a parking slot online. Click here to book your parking before reaching the airport.
You can use several ground transportation options to reach EWR airport or your destination from the airport.
The AirTrain at the Newark Airport is the best option to use to reach your destination. The AirTrain at EWR connects all terminals of the airport to Newark Liberty International Airport Station. The station offers connections to major city stations, including Newark Penn Station, Secaucus Junction and New York Penn Station.
AirTrain is free if you plan to use it to reach any point in the airport. For destinations outside the airport, you can purchase AirTrain tickets from NJ Transit or Amtrak at their train stations, ticket offices or ticketing machines.
An AirTrain ticket price depends on your destination, but on average, it costs $8.
You can use NJ Transit Bus Lines 28, 37, 62, 67, 107 to reach your destination from the airport.
The Express bus service runs between the Newark Liberty International Airport and New York City. The cost of this service is $18 for one way, or $30 for a round trip. Each bus stops at all 3 New York stops.
You can board the bus at the relevant bus stops at EWR from Level 1 of each terminal.
Several rental car companies operate at the Newark Airport, including Budget, Avis, Dollar, Hertz and Payless.
You can use a taxi to reach your destination from EWR. Usually, taxi service at the airport sees rush hours from 6AM to 9AM and during 4PM to 7PM.
Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft operate at the Newark Liberty Airport. You can book your ride from your phone and wait for it at the designated pickup spots easily visible on the airport.
Amenities & Services
Newark Liberty Airport has many options for dining, entertainment and relaxation. You will find outlets of almost all famous food chains and restaurants, including Ben & Jerry's, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, World Bean Coffee, Wendy’s and Market Fresh.
The airport features:
Shopping stores, restaurants, coffee shops and bars
Electronic gadgets vending machines
Travel and VIP lounges
Kids play area
Address: Newark Liberty International Airport
3 Brewster Rd, Newark, NJ 07114, United States
Phone: (973) 961-6000
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EWR Airport: A Brief History
- The first structure of Newark Liberty International Airport was built by the City of Newark on 68 acres of marshland in 1928.
- The Newark Metropolitan Airport Administration Building was built in 1934. It was decorated by murals of famous painter Arshile Gorky.
- The airport was named Newark International Airport in the 1970s.
- FedEx Express opened its second hub at the airport in 1986.
- United Airlines opened a new, $25 million hangar for its wide body aircraft during maintenance in March 2014.
- The airport’s name was changed from Newark International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport in 2002 in the memory of passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 that was hijacked and crashed during the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Q. Is Newark Liberty International Airport the same as EWR?
A. Yes. The airport’s official name is Newark Liberty International Airport, but it is commonly known as EWR or Newark airport.
Q. How far is the Newark Liberty International Airport from downtown Newark?
A. The airport is 3 miles south of Downtown Newark and 15 miles southwest of Midtown Manhattan in New York City and
Q. What airlines have a hub in EWR?
A. The airport is a main hub of United Airlines.
Q. Can you sleep in the Newark Liberty Airport?
A. Yes. There are plenty of places to sleep in the Newark Liberty airport. You can find some quiet places and armrest-free benches on Terminal B’s airside. You can also find some padded benches in the food court in Terminal A.
Check out some layover ideas to kill time at EWR.
Q. When is the best time to fly to Newark?
A. In terms of cost, January is typically the cheapest month to fly into EWR.
Q. What cities can I fly nonstop from Newark Airport?
A. EWR offers several non-stop destinations. Check out our direct flights page to see where you can go.
Q. How many airports are in New York?
A. EWR airport is one of the three major airports serving the New York Metropolitan area. The other two airports are LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).
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