On October 25, United Airlines will depart JFK for good and move its popular p.s. transcontinental flights to its Newark-Liberty International Airport hub.
United will maintain a presence at La Guardia with 37 daily flights, but its primary NYC focus will now be at Newark.
The move makes sense and I wonder why it has taken this long to happen.
It makes sense for business travelers, especially those who work, live or stay at hotels in southern or western Manhattan, because the commute to and from Newark Airport is faster and easier than the long traffic-clogged slog from JFK. During peak traffic hours, the rail link between EWR and Manhattan is a solid alternative, but I would not classify it as “easy” especially if you have large bags.
Uber flat rates between EWR and Manhattan are $65 for UberX ($5 more than JFK rates), $100 for UberBLACK (same as JFK rates). Taxi fares range from $50 to $75.
The move to Newark also makes sense for business class passengers connecting at United’s big Newark hub for flights to Europe– those flying p.s. business class will now get lie-flat comfort on the transcon portion of the journey, too.
The same goes for passengers departing Newark and connecting to United’s transpac flights from San Francisco International. All lie-flat, all the time.
In Newark and San Francisco, Global Services members get their own private check in lounges and dedicated security lines. Plus, those with tight connections can get rides across the tarmac in Mercedes SUVs.
Plus, with United’s p.s. 757’s flying in and out of Newark, there will be more Economy Plus seats and all flights will have Gogo wi-fi.
United says it is “making a multi-million dollar investment to renovate United’s Terminal C lobby” at Newark to accommodate the new p.s. flights.
The airline will fly up to 17 daily round trips Newark-San Francisco and up to 15 daily round trips Newark-Los Angeles.
Related: Trip Report: JetBlue Mint Class SFO-JFK
United says it has entered into two separate transactions: Delta Air Lines plans to acquire United’s JFK slots, and United plans to acquire slots from Delta in Newark.
United says that it will pull several 757s off of transatlantic service at EWR and move them to p.s. flights and replace those with widebody 767 flights to and from Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin and Hamburg.
Downside: Newark’s miserable on time performance.
What do you think about United’s move from JFK to Newark? Are you more of less likely to fly United into Newark than JFK? Please leave your comments below!
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