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Newark Airport Will No Longer Be Considered An NYC Airport Starting Next Month
If you frequently fly into or out of New York City, you know the three main airports are JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark. Although Newark Liberty International Airport is in New Jersey, its proximity to Manhattan makes it a convenient location for many.
Starting next month, Newark’s airport will not be considered an NYC airport.
A Lufthansa Group memo was circulated last week on Twitter, revealing that the airport would be separated from the other NYC airports.
— CH (@tdh18ny) September 7, 2022
According to the memo, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) “has introduced a new standard for ‘Multi-Airport Cities.’” Multi-Airport Cities are large cities that have multiple airports sharing an IATA city code.
How could this change impact travelers?
“The primary way this change could impact travelers is by limiting their options to freely change flights. Currently, many airlines allow travelers to switch flights within a city code — say, from arriving in JFK to arriving in LGA — without a penalty. Removing EWR from the NYC city code could restrict that option for many passengers,” says Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights to Travel + Leisure.
Although all three airports have their own airport codes (JFK, LGA, and EWR), they are all listed under the city code NYC.
This change is set to go into effect on October 3rd, removing Newark from the NYC city code and giving it its own. This means that Newark will have its own pricing structure, which will differ from JFK and LaGuardia.
This announcement is still developing. Travelers will still see the Newark (EWR) option when searching for flight options to or from New York City.