The NYC tri-State are (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) is huge and sprawled out, and driving from New Jersey to JFK and vice versa can anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours in bad weather.
Actually, it's not physically
very large, really. Certainly people from Fairfield County, CT
and Nassau/Suffolk Counties in NY would find a flight originating from EWR
to be very inconvenient, and the same goes for people living in Orange or New Brunswick, NJ
going to JFK
. That said, the physical dimensions of the metro aren't all that large when compared even to smaller cities such as Detroit, Denver, or even Kansas City. The major reason NYC is such a massive metro is that it is very densely packed.
This is probably the biggest market served in the US when you factor in the population of NY/LI, Connecticut, and Northern/ central NJ.
No "probably" about it. The NYC metro is nearly twice the size of Los Angeles, 2 1/2 times the size of Chicago, and at least four times the size of any other North American city excepting MEX
There are four real NYC Metro Airports operated by the Port Authority, two in New Jersey and two in NYC.
Yes, but Teterboro is hardly a true "commercial" airport, and ISP
are close to the city (HPN
is actually closer to the Bronx than EWR
is to any borough).
EWR and JFK are exactly the same distance from Mid-Town Manhattan (15 Miles).
Yeah, but there's about four times as many people in Brooklyn as Manhattan...
It is very difficult for people to understand the east coast of the United States that is probably one of the most populated areas in the world. There are millions of people in small areas that even some cities in NY or NJ have more people that in some European Countries. Manhattan is very small but has millions of people and that is why there are 3 airports 2 of which are international and whom are both busting at the seams with passengers.
1) Actually, while the northeastern section of the East Coast is very heavily populated, it is far from the most populated section of the world. Areas in Japan, India, China, Mexico, and Europe are far
more densely populated.
2) Manhattan itself has only slightly more than a million people. Brooklyn is where most of the people in New York City live (much to the dismay of people in the other boroughs, I understand!).
3) All three airports are international airports. LGA
has service to Canada and a few other international destinations.
is hardly bursting at the seams. It has the capacity for many millions more passengers than it currently handles. AFAIK, only LGA
is truly overcrowded.
The situation with JFK and EWR is unique in the world, not even Tokyo metropolis which has double the amount of inhabitants than New York is compareable.
The Tokyo metro has forty-six million people? Are you sure you're not comparing the population of the City of Tokyo (proper) the the City of New York City (proper)? I must admit I honestly don't know...
Also I think don't think Gatwick and Heathrow are comparable. They are only a 30 minute drive apart around the M25, where Newark and JFK are on opposite sides of the city.
Good point. It would be very difficult to drive "around" NYC between JFK
... That'd be one helluva bridge!
DAvid Neeleman set up JetBlue at JFK simply because there are 8 million people who live outside Manhatten within 8 miles or 30 minutes from the airport.
has room for expansion and there is no major hub at that airport (there is one at EWR
Business people who have to go to Manhattan (personally doing that alot) would opt for EWR because you get to Manhattan faster than from JFK (my personal experience). Keep in mind that most large financial services companies have their offices in the heart of Manhattan.
This may be true of business travelers from Europe, but my personal experience has been that people travelling in the US prefer JFK
. Especially if they are originating from the New York side of the Hudson River.
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