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Please Rate Newark Airport

Thu Jun 01, 2000 5:54 am


Please write your thoughts on Newark Airport. Particularly, Terminal C.

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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Thu Jun 01, 2000 6:18 am

In 1998 during december, I went into EWR. I was supposed to go AA YUL-ORD-PHX but they cancelled the flights, to they put us on Aircanada YUL-EWR and [gulp] AWA from EWR to PHX. After getting off the AC plane, we asked how to get to the AWA term. the connection was a breeze, we took this "tram" thing that goes over the airport and you can see the planes and terminals. Over all, I think it is a great airport. Any one have a bad experience there?
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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Thu Jun 01, 2000 7:01 am

I was at EWR last year (28th may and 12th July) and I think EWR is a good airport (by American standards). Fast immigration and customs (cleared immigration and customs in half an hour) The only drawback is that you can only visit the CO terminal without boarding pass. But this isn't a big problem as spotting from the CO terminal is great (great view and a great place to make photographs).

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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Thu Jun 01, 2000 7:08 am

I had a 2 hour layover at EWR a couple weeks ago. I was pleasantly surprised. Terminal C (where I spent the entire layover) was nicer than I thought it would be and not nearly as crowded as I would've expected for a Sunday afternoon at a major hub. I spent much of the layover at the end of one of the concourses which provided a fairly decent view of the main runway. EWR's large jetways, however, can sometimes be a problem when spotting.

RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Thu Jun 01, 2000 8:20 am

Terminal C is OK, but it gets really, really crowded in their Auxillery terminal (C-3?) where they are building the new gates. But they are building new gates, so it will only be a minor inconvenience.

As for the rest of the airport, it really, truly is the worst airport I have ever been to, especially Terminal A. Small, cramped, and dated. You can't go to the gates if meeting a passenger and there is no where to sit outside security. Brilliant New Jersey planning.
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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Thu Jun 01, 2000 8:26 am

Continental rocks!!! good spotting from all locations, great location convenient to Manhattan and most of NJ/Philadelphia. Only problem is congestion and parking situation. I never buy that duty-free stuff so I don't care about the shopping- if there's a bookstore and a place that sells AA batteries it's good enough for me. And terminal C does that well enough, with good views along the runways. You can actually see manhattan on a good day from certain gates at terminal C. And while EWR may be crowded, it's much more modern and less Third-Worldish than JFK, while retaining significant international airline coverage.
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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Thu Jun 01, 2000 12:02 pm

I think Terminal C at EWR is much more modern, efficient and cleaner than Terminals A and B. Parking at the airport is a major pain- there's never enough, but there are a good selection of flights that will get you where you need to go when you gotta go. That's why its a very viable alternative to JFK or even LGA in New York.
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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Thu Jun 01, 2000 2:20 pm

EWR is my hometown airport, and I can vouch for most of the comments that have been made. Terminal C is pretty good, it'll be even better once the construction is done. I like the layout of Terminal C alot, you don't feel like you're running a marathon if you have to go from one end to another (the moving sidewalks help, too).

The parking situation is a pain right now, but they're building a huge new parking garage near Lot E if I remember right. I also can't wait until they build the train station that'll connect with the monorail - 20 minute train rides to Manhattan! (Hmm, I wonder what'll happen to all of those Olympia Trails buses that currently connect EWR with Port Authority in NYC?)

To sum it up, a much better hub airport then DTW or ORD.
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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Thu Jun 01, 2000 2:24 pm

CO and EWR kicks serious as*. I wish that JFK was like EWR. The terminal are cleaner, there r more shops, more prjects going on and once construction is done then EWR will be one of the greatest airports in the country maybe even the world (This is coming from a native New Yorker who is a major JFK fan)
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Watch Out For JFK Come 2003

Thu Jun 01, 2000 2:47 pm

jfk will beat the shite out of EWR coming up soon ... AAs 1bln$ terminal will be done, all the other terminals will be completed ... along with a new International Terminal. 3rd worldish? haha ... maybe riding a bus around to get to the terminals, but that will all change soon too with a new raised railway connecting all of the terminals. Terminal 1 where AF, VS, and others are is very nice with the old style when you first come in at ground level, and opening up to a BNE style int'l terminal. High Ceilings and spaced out check-in booths. very nice. can't wait to see the new Int'l Terminal.  

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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Fri Jun 02, 2000 12:10 am

I like it,though I'm not sure why. To the first timer arriving by car it can be terribly confusing...making the transition from the local highways to the terminal or parking areas. It's a pretty good "drop someone off" or "pick someone up" airport and arriving or departing by busses from NYC is fairly easy. The 'monorail' that goes from terminal to terminal and to parking or rent a car areas is a tremendously good addition--really makes life easier. The complex nature of the roadways on the airport can make driving your own car or picking up/dropping off a rental car a challenge for those not used to it. I worked there for 5 years and am so used to it I can probably navigate the whole shebang blindfolded. Inside it's as good or bad as as any other. Like I said,I like flying in or out of it. If they could only do something about those nasty,gum chewing illiterates at the security checkpoints though....
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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Fri Jun 02, 2000 7:18 am

Hi everyone,

I think it it truly impressive to see how far Newark has come in just the past decade, and it will keep getting better. There are many great improvements going on that I believe will really make EWR world class.

First, as said before, is the train station which is really taking shape. The quick train ride to Manhattan will give EWR a big boost, but also the station is on the busiest passenger rail line in the U.S., the Northeast Corridor. The airport will have accessibility from all over the Northeast that JFK won't be able to match.

Also, Continental's new concourse will alieviate the gate shortage problem as well as make a lot more room at the current customs facility, which itself is brand new. What many people don't know is that EWR is a significant connection point between the Star-Alliance partners, with a large presence of United, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and SAS. These airlines have been talking about using the freed space at the customs facility to enhance connections there.

For those complaining about Terminals A and B, they too will be improved. The Port Authority has signed a deal with B.A.A., who operates airports in the U.K., for renovations and new retail stores. Also, the new parking garages will add many much-needed extra spaces, and there are several road improvements in progress to make it easier for drivers.

The one thing that is causing problems for Newark is the infamous delays. These problems are correctable through better scheduling and a redesign of the NY area's airspace, however, several business and bureaucratic issues have been holding this back. There is a new control tower coming, which hopefully will be better able to handle Newark's traffic.


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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Fri Jun 02, 2000 7:55 am

I've been once at EWR, arrived on NW. I think terminal B was OK and the Immigration hall was quite impressive. EWR is one of the nicest airports I have been to in the US along with SEA and DCA. It's also much closer to Manhattan than JFK.

JFK really is 3rd worldish, try T4 next time you go there. Sure T1 is nice and so will the new international terminal be (replacing 4E and W I think). You can't even enter some JFK terminals without a ticket!

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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Fri Jun 02, 2000 10:27 am

I was in EWR the Friday before Easter. I thought that the airport was nice....but the service in the airport wasn't so great. The night that we were there...we just got done with an 8 hour flight from Lisbon and the weather was REALLY bad. The group that I was with was stuck in the Continental Express terminal for almost 3 hours before we heard anything about our flight (even after our flight was 2 hours late....the board still said ON TIME)
Our flight to ROC was finally cancelled. We waited around (along with the whole rest of the airport because almost every other flight was cancelled) to hear what we were to do for the rest of the night. The staff (that worked at the airport) was very rude and DID NOT show any customer service. The flight crews of Continental are very nice though....I must say that! one (and only so far) experience with EWR wasn't that great. Given....I was there on a bad day....but my first impression wasn't that great.
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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Fri Jun 02, 2000 12:01 pm

I have flown out of EWR on all of my trips except for one experience at La Garbage   Terminal C is a great terminal. Airy and comfortable along with having a great vantage point traffic. Terminal B or the International Terminal is 75% of the way through it renovations and I must say it is quite impressive. My last two flights were from there and customs was a breeze. Terminal A needs work fast. The other two terminals are putting it to shame. Thankfully BA and VS operate out of B!!!
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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Fri Jun 02, 2000 8:23 pm

I used EWR the last time about a year ago, and that was the third time last year, arriving on Swissair. I tell you, it was a hell of a nice experience. No long waiting lines in the immigration hall, very nice immigration officers (they actually make you feel welcome, totally unlike JFK), cool, full of light, friendly and so on andsoon andsoon.

It was quite a contrast to JFK, where you stand in line for hours, in a overtemped, dark, smelly hall, and finally the immigration guy gives you the most unfreindly reception you could get, and, on top of that, his english is about one hundred times worse than yours!!!! ANd this is the guy who dares to give you the impression, that the US of A don't really want you as a visitor....

In short, I love EWR...
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RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Fri Jun 02, 2000 10:45 pm

Like you said, Richie.

Newark is paradise compared to JFK.

In comparison JFK is the worst airport in the world. You are coming to the "city of cities" - and were do you start? With long waiting lines -everytime I´ve been there it was the same, but EWR is not that much better here - unfriendly and not too good educated personal, horrible architecture, dirty, cramped, a nightmare airport.

RE: Newark Question

Sat Jun 03, 2000 3:43 am

This is a little off subject, but I will be flying into EWR later this month and I was wondering how the facilities are. I am probably flying on USAirways, so I will be in Terminal A I guess. So if anyone could let me know how the airport is and if there is any good places to watch aircraft in the terminal or around EWR, I'd appreciate it.


RE: Please Rate Newark Airport

Sat Jun 03, 2000 4:33 am

USAirwys, like mentioned before, Terminal A is the worst of the three terminals, but it is good you are coming in there because only ticketed passengers are allowed at the gates. The monorail between terminals is good for spotting, and Terminal C allows you to the gate. I can't remember about Terminal B (International)

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