JFK vs LaGuardia vs Newark – New York City's Airports Compared

JFK vs LaGuardia vs Newark – New York City's Airports Compared

The New York City area is home to 3 large airports – John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty. Let’s take a few minutes to compare these airports’ histories, terminals, airlines, and more in a crash course style video!
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Media credits (and further reading):
2018 Port Authority Report on the 3 airports: https://old.panynj.gov/airports/pdf-traffic/ATR2018.pdf
Miscellaneous images: https://www.goodfreephotos.com/
Google Earth / Google Maps
MTA Q3 bus – https://www.flickr.com/people/27665395@N05
MTA LaGuardia Link – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Tdorante10
NJ Transit Bus – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:AEMoreira042281
Old Newark Airport with Port – http://www.oldnewark.com/photos/historical/displayimage.php?album=110&pid=359#top_display_media
1930s Newark – https://njmonthly.com/articles/jersey-living/hurry-up-and-wait-newark-airport/
1950s Newark – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/551128073129821209/
United at Newark – https://www.businessinsider.com/united-airlines-is-having-yet-another-problem-with-the-federal-government-2015-11
Old photos of LaGuardia; American flight landing at LaGuardia – http://www.nycaviation.com/2014/10/la-guardia-airport-celebrates-75-years/36431
Glenn Curtiss Airport / North Beach Airport – https://metroairportnews.com/glenn-curtiss-airport/
Old JFK photos – https://www.6sqft.com/before-jfk-there-was-idlewild-airport/
Old United / Idlewild Poster – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/396316835931821733/
Delta at JFK – https://www.travelmarketreport.com/articles/Delta-Air-Lines-Plans-Dramatic-Expansion-of-JFK-Terminal
Flights at JFK and LGA – https://www.flightsfrom.com/
EWR Terminal One rendering – https://www.tutorperini.com/projects/aviation/ewr-terminal-one/
LaGuardia reconstruction rendering – https://ny.curbed.com/2019/6/27/18761271/laguardia-airport-renovation-delta-terminal-andrew-cuomo
J.D. Power 2020 Airport survey – https://www.jdpower.com/business/press-releases/2020-north-america-airport-satisfaction-study
Judy Blume’s novel about the 1950s Newark disasters, all of which crashed in her hometown of Elizabeth, NJ: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23899174-in-the-unlikely-event
The ARK – http://arkjfk.com/about/
Newark’s Art Deco buildings: https://untappedcities.com/2019/09/10/an-art-deco-gem-of-a-terminal-is-hidden-in-newark-airport/
Gala Amusement Park: https://ny.curbed.com/2013/7/10/10222636/65-photos-of-new-york-citys-long-lost-amusement-parks
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  1. bangkokfed Fedde on January 4, 2023 at 1:25 am

    why do you sound like a Muppet?

  2. NYCPING on January 4, 2023 at 1:26 am

    Fun fact: JFK actually has 8 passenger terminals :/

  3. Kevin Bergin on January 4, 2023 at 1:27 am

    Getting to LaGuardia, via mass transit, is the worst of the 3.

  4. Matt Johnson on January 4, 2023 at 1:28 am

    Really enjoying all of your videos. Excellent work 🙂

  5. Jorge G on January 4, 2023 at 1:29 am

    EWR is not in New York it’s on New jersey

  6. 1867Phoenix on January 4, 2023 at 1:30 am

    So, why does Salt Lake City International not count as the "first new major airport in the United States in more than 25 years?" Both LaGuardia and SLC completely rebuilt their entire passenger terminals. And both rebuilds were heavily funded by Delta Air Lines. So if these projects are the same in scope, why isn’t SLC first if it opened n 2020?

  7. John Samoilis on January 4, 2023 at 1:31 am

    You failed to mention that NJT connects Newark Penn and NY Penn station to Newark Airport. US 1&9, US 22, and NJ 21 also highways that directly serve Newark airport.

  8. Danny Lau on January 4, 2023 at 1:32 am

    I’ve only been to JFK

  9. Johnathan Aggrey on January 4, 2023 at 1:33 am

    Can you do ATL?

  10. smallmj on January 4, 2023 at 1:34 am

    The multiple airports make connecting in New York for an international flight pretty difficult.

  11. ItzArandom on January 4, 2023 at 1:34 am

    Why not philly too?

  12. Yaacov Davidowitz on January 4, 2023 at 1:36 am

    No one calls it Interstate 6-78. It’s the Van Wyck (Expressway)

  13. Adriano Bh on January 4, 2023 at 1:36 am

    I loved that video. I’d like to know what is the most important routs in Newark airport? Tks

  14. Richard Duinmaijer on January 4, 2023 at 1:37 am

    Nothing to do with Chicago mate

  15. Brian Anderson on January 4, 2023 at 1:37 am

    Crash course is a bad term to use with aviation. BUT just like comparing USPS, UPS, Fedex and DHL in the package shipment industry, there is no point in comparing JFK, LGA and Newark for New York City airports. Airtravel in/out of NYC could not exist without all 3. And don’t forget the role Teterboro and White Plains (Westchester) play in airtravel in the NYC area. Useless comparison.

  16. CJWJR on January 4, 2023 at 1:39 am

    It’s weird how he didn’t mention TWA 800, which exploded after takeoff from JFK in July of 1996, heading to Paris. As a 10-year-old, I remember seeing TV footage of that when it happened.

  17. MiraiBovs on January 4, 2023 at 1:39 am

    Don’t forget that Newark was also part of the 9/11 attacks with one united airlines flight that never made it to it destination and La Guardia also had US airways flight 1549 that miraculously everyone survived and landed at the Hudson River

  18. Joseph Papsidero on January 4, 2023 at 1:40 am

    Newark’s relatively easy transit connection to Manhattan is a big plus

  19. wingshad0w00982 on January 4, 2023 at 1:42 am

    An amusing fun fact, JFK is home to the worlds single busisiest flight path, JFK-HEA. It’s why the Concordes were based out of JFK, it’s a business heavy well trafficked flight

  20. Ricardo sam on January 4, 2023 at 1:42 am

    Great view

  21. jeremy thomas on January 4, 2023 at 1:43 am

    Jfk is also a main hub of JetBlue

  22. Luc Albert on January 4, 2023 at 1:45 am

    you forgot long island MacArthur airport, Stewart international airport, Trenton-Mercer Airport, and Westchester County Airport in this video.

  23. David Frischknecht on January 4, 2023 at 1:49 am

    You should do a video about LAX/BUR.

  24. Michael Ferguson on January 4, 2023 at 1:49 am

    Just a thought…but I think I speak for all of us when I say we could have done well without the accident part.

  25. Mark Pell on January 4, 2023 at 1:51 am

    Interesting that in the conclusion of this video you mentioned the Steinway family’s connection with the land that eventually became LaGuardia Airport. The Steinway piano factory is still to this day located just a few blocks west of the field, not far from the end of Runway 4.

  26. fangbriant on January 4, 2023 at 1:53 am

    stewart airport in hudson valley had nonstop flights to iceland

  27. Elizabeth Maloney on January 4, 2023 at 1:53 am

    Two things of note about Newark: They were also the departure airport for United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11th. This is the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania and although only 44 people died, it is probably a more notable tragedy. On a lighter note, Newark is also a much larger base for non-NYC travel. No one who lives outside of the five boroughs or is just visiting NYC would ever use either of those airports willingly because NYC traffic is a nightmare.

  28. TheThunderstormsYT on January 4, 2023 at 1:56 am

    Newark Airport was involved in the 9/11 attacks United Airlines Flight 93 took if from Newark to San Francisco then it was hijacked over Ohio I think idk then when it was over Pennsylvanian the plane inverted into a nose dive into a field and crashed. The original targets were the White House or the Capitol Building but Todd Beamer and other passengers fought back the hijackers and saved thousands of lives in Washington

  29. Matthew McDaid on January 4, 2023 at 1:57 am

    You skipped Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip which is the same air traffic control area. That’s a lot of traffic you’ve completely ignored.

  30. siddharth p on January 4, 2023 at 1:59 am

    LaGuardia doesn’t have that weird circular thing anymore and old looking buildings and dark lighted placed and low ceilings with very dirty floors. Now as of 2022 LaGuardia is bright very clean open spaces modern Lounges easy to navigate indoor trees open spaces and has many shopping spaces and a huge water feature. The airport even won a unesco award.

  31. Peter Quennell NYC on January 4, 2023 at 2:00 am

    You drive your car into Newark, it’s a loop. Drive into LaGuardia, it’s a loop. Drive into Kennedy, it’s a plate of spaghetti.

  32. joyu113 on January 4, 2023 at 2:01 am

    RIP Islip

  33. Andrew Darley on January 4, 2023 at 2:01 am

    JFK EEC to get to? If you’re coming from out of town you first have to change onto the Long Island Railroad at Penn Central and when you get to the station you can’t get out because you haven’t got an MTA exit ticket – even though you from outside New York Newark is far handier and it’s a crying shame that UK airlines seem to have given up on it.

  34. Maulin Agrawal on January 4, 2023 at 2:02 am

    JFK: meh
    EWR: ok
    LGA: get rid of it

  35. SJCSlayviator on January 4, 2023 at 2:04 am

    You should try SFO-OAK-SJC

  36. Jeffreynot_ery on January 4, 2023 at 2:04 am

    No talk about Long Island Airport?

  37. Managed on January 4, 2023 at 2:06 am

    I love NEWARK

  38. Veiz on January 4, 2023 at 2:06 am

    I live only about 5 minutes from jfk and I learned alot from this video

  39. somerville99 on January 4, 2023 at 2:06 am

    JFK was famous for its Mid Century Modern terminals in the 1960s. Some beautiful architecture.

  40. Husnain Zainb on January 4, 2023 at 2:06 am


  41. siddharth p on January 4, 2023 at 2:06 am

    LaGuardia is a newly recent renovated airport and now looks very modern. Terminal b and c look very modern. I think LaGuardia is the best out of those three.

  42. DIY TWOinCollege on January 4, 2023 at 2:07 am

    Newark. Delays for no apparent reason.
    JFK. 3 hour away, if you are lucky
    LaGuardia. Traffic traffic traffic

  43. hmdwgf on January 4, 2023 at 2:09 am

    These notoriously bad, under-equipped, way outdated airports will be much better in the future. Some of JFK’s terminals are particularly bad, and this embarrassing, considering how important an airport it is.

    -Totally outdated Terminal 1 and 2, there are A380s on the regular there at T1.
    -Terminal 4 is better but it’s still not all that great and is a real mess, there aren’t enough A380 or widebody gates for the airlines that operate out of there (Emirates, Singapore, Etihad (not sure if the A380s from that airline are coming back))
    -Terminal 5 is fine; but it’s mostly domestic
    -Terminal 7 is crap, way outdated and has no A380 gates for British Airways
    -Terminal 8, as big as it is feels a little old and outdated, and it won’t have any gates for BA’s A380 when they move in there.

    A whole new Terminal 1 is being built on the sites of the current Terminals 1, 2 and the former site of 3. This cannot come quick enough- the first phase is opening in 2026, and the rest of the terminal is opening in 2030.
    -Terminal 4 is getting an extension on it’s A side and will be connected to the new Terminal 1, so that Delta will consolidate its operations under one roof and can get extra space for the demolished T2.
    -A whole new terminal, Terminal 6, will be built alongside and connecting to Terminal 5. This will be a whole new international terminal to serve as the Yang to Terminal 5’s domestic operations. It will be built on the site of the soon-to-be-demolished Terminal 7.
    -Terminal 8 is getting extensions once BA, Iberia and other oneworld airlines move over there.

    -Where to start. All the current older terminals are old, dirty, cramped, moldy and are full of unfriendly staff- how can you blame the staff for being unfriendly when their working conditions are so s***? It took then-VP Joe Biden to make unflattering remarks about LaGuardia to get the local authorities to rebuild the airport.
    -Could use more international destinations, and the JFK-London City route should be transferred to LGA with a new customs facility.

    -LaGuardia Airport is being almost entirely rebuilt, and the new Terminal B has recently opened, and it is superb- completely different to the old terminals. These satellite concourses even have jet bridges that the airplanes pass under! The other terminals will open around 2025.

    -Appallingly bad, old and outdated Terminals A and B with AC that sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t. Too many wide bodies around Terminal B leads to way more passengers than the terminal can handle.

    -The old Terminal A has been closed down and an all-new Terminal A is being built, that is apparently supposed to open sometime this year.
    -The old Terminal B is supposed to be closed down and a new Terminal B is supposed to be built over its demolished site.
    -Terminal C isn’t bad; this is the only acceptable airport terminal in NYC apart from JFK’s T5 and LGA’s TB.

    I’ve never been to or flown out of the other 3 big airports near NYC (Islip, Stewart Intl, White Plains), but Islip and Stewart Intl are fairly easy to get to, whereas White Plains… not so much.

  44. Project 062 on January 4, 2023 at 2:17 am

    I always call Newark "New-Work" because there is always somethin goin on. Whilst the residents call is "Nork"

  45. Kevin Bergin on January 4, 2023 at 2:19 am

    Should grow Stewart (Orange County) and add a light rail line to NYC. However, the powers in New York City would not want to lose the revenue.

  46. Nice Save Goalie on January 4, 2023 at 2:19 am

    Blurring the images ruins what could have been a useful / helpful video, the video is a failure.

  47. Scungio on January 4, 2023 at 2:19 am

    I only flew out of JFK and I never once at a negative experience.

  48. iicrxtical on January 4, 2023 at 2:23 am

    Newark is in New Jersey

  49. Zach T. on January 4, 2023 at 2:24 am

    Can you really trust a Chicago Geographer to give info about NYC?

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