voxkel wrote:This is because for the majority of the NY metro area (i.e. east of the Hudson), JFK is going to be more convenient than EWR. Note also that NYC != Manhattan, especially when you see the various business centers of Stamford, New Haven, White Plains, Purchase, Garden City, LI City, etc. (EWR really only has Jersey City and Newark.) Additionally, LI is going to be much more densely populated than NJ. For example, 30 miles east of NYC is Levittown/Hicksville; west is Dover/Morristown. Hicksville is undoubtedly much more dense than Morris County. Additionally, both Queens and Brooklyn have higher density than even Hudson County NJ. IMO the Hudson River is the big barrier point, as any crossing will be a hellacious drive during the daytime. The bridges over the East River and LI Sound are not that bad.
It is pretty obvious that you do not know much about NJ due to your generalization about "business centers" in NJ being Newark and Jersey City. You make it sound like outside of Newark and Jersey City there isn't much of an economy in NJ. Northern and central NJ house several Fortune 100 companies, especially in big pharma, energy, FS and professional services. Because of this, there is a lot of high-yield traffic both from residents and corporate travellers. EWR also draws from the Lehigh Valley and probably splits traffic with JFK for Westchester County...
Also the "Hudson River is the big barrier point"... Have you ever tried taking the Queensboro bridge or Van Wyck at rush hour? It's just as much of a "hellacious" drive to get to JFK as it is to get to EWR - if not worse.
Not saying EWR is better than JFK, just saying EWR is convenient for more ppl and business travelers than you seem to think due to the large number of businesses in NJ outside of just the cities of Newark and JC and the drive from Manhattan to either airport being a complete crap shoot at any time of day.