Contrary to most opinions the main market for Newark Airport is Northern New Jersey, however they do get about 20% of their traffic heading to/from Manhattan.
New Jersey is the wealthiest State in the Nation, with a impressive list of Corporations which either have their Global Headquarters, North American Headquarters, or just a large presence within the Garden State. Also Northern New Jersey's population is 8 Million which is a huge market onto itself, throw it NYC and Eastern Pennsylvania traffic which it also picks up and it's nicely situated.
Newark Airport is at the intersection of several major Interstate Highways (NJ Tunrpike/ I 95, I 78, I 80, US Highway 1 etc) which makes it easily accesible by car from all over the region.
while NY's #1 airport is quite isolated by it's location, even though it's in NYC (Queens) it's near the border of Nassau County Long Island. It's quite inconveinent for folks outside Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island to reach, the main reason is that from anywhere except Long Island you have to drive Literally from oneside of NYC to the other.
NYC has a great public transit system, but it's highways are probably the worst in the Nation of any big City.
always will have more international carriers, two reasons are that it has more room than EWR
and it's also not dominated by a single carrier like CO
for the last year has handled more passengers than Newark Airport which the 7 years prior was NY's busiest in terms of travelers, however EWR
still has more aircraft movements.
is developing nicely with the new Terminals, Airtrain and future "oneseat" rides to Manhattan within the next 10 years. However they are deviating from what Im sure Airline and Port Authority planners had envisioned when the Redevelopment started about 7 years ago.
will continue to be the Main NYC International Gateway, however Domestically they are going to be dominated by Jetblue. AA
both had grandoise visions back in '99 about developing JFK
into a hub ala CO
hub, however the phenominal success of Jetblue has pretty much ended that plan.
will be a polar airport, heavy on International flights one one end and heavy on LCC Domestic flights on the other end. Leaving little to no room for traditional Domestic route networks to develop, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Charlotte etc..
Newark on the other hand is diversifying nicely, you have CO
with their Ultra Long Range flights to Asia. LH
and Swiss catering to Business travelers with BBJs, CO
flying to smaller European Markets such as Oslo, Edinburgh, Lisbon which other US airlines (or European) don't serve.
Then there's the traditional flights,
several times daily to MSP
several times daily to DTW
, UAL, ATA several times daily to Chicago
several times daily to DFW
Then you have CO
flying Regional Jets to smaller US Markets, such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Madison Wis, Savanah Georgia etc..
Both will continue to grow after suffering a tremendous slide in traffic after 9-11, the peak reached in 2000 of 34 Million passengers at EWR
is going to last a few years.
Last year EWR
handled 29 Million, and JFK
30 Million passengers.
The most passengers in a single year for any of NYC's three airports was EWR
's 34 Million in 2000, JFK
will probably beat that number but not for atleast another 5 years. Newark will also exceed 34 Million passengers but again not for another 5-6 years.
10-12 years from now Newark Airport will probably be at 40 Million passengers, JFK
will probably be at 41-42 Million passengers per year.
may reach 30 Million, but the FAA and Port Authority are going to tightly regulate the traffic.
Within 20 years EWR
will be maxed out, and a new solution (new runways, new airports etc..) will be needed.