Flying to or from any of the three New York City area airports has been challenging in the past few years.
LaGuardia Airport (LGA) started a $5 billion renovation in 2016. Traffic due to construction got so bad at one point that people were leaving their cars on the highway so they could get to their planes on time. LGA still has a few more years’ worth of work to do, including building a monorail to connect the airport to the trains that service Manhattan.
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is in the middle of a $13 billion renovation that includes the addition of two new terminals, plus better security, runways and ground transportation.
Not to be outdone, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) just started its own $2.7 billion renovation this past spring.
They’re in the final stages of repaving Runway 4R-22L. Once that’s done, they’re going to start working on Terminal A, which is where Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and (sometimes) JetBlue and United usually are.
One of Terminal A’s three passengers gates is scheduled to close on September 30. That will allow for the final construction phases of the terminal, which, when completed, will be called Terminal One, which is currently scheduled to open in the spring of 2022.
The A1 passenger gate area, which has six gates, will be demolished as part of the construction of what will be the new state-of-the-art terminal.
Air Canada and Jet Blue are going to shift their operations to the other two gates at Terminal A. Jet Blue will also shift some of theirs to Terminal B. American, Alaska and United Express won’t be affected for now, but probably will be in the future.
With all of that being said, you know it’s always recommended to arrive at the airport 2 hours ahead of time? EWR representatives are REALLY urging travelers to do that for now, in light of the temporary, six-month reduction of Terminal A gates.
Once opened, Terminal One will boast 21 gates by Spring of 2022, and another 12 by the end of that year.
Feature Photo: Grimshaw Architects
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