The Newark Liberty International Airport is located approximately 24km southwest of midtown Manhattan. Originally called Newark Metropolitan Airport, this New York airport sits on the municipal boundaries of Newark and Elizabeth in New Jersey. Opening in 1928 with a ceremony attended by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, the Newark Liberty International Airport was the United States' first major airport and the regions busiest when it comes to flights.
Boasting a central terminal that measures 425 acres and is home to 27 gates, the airport employs approximately 24,000 people to help with the demand of its 34 million average annual passengers. Newark Liberty International Airport is the city's main hub for both Fed Ex and Continental Airlines and is the third largest hub for United Airlines which takes up all of Terminal C and some of Terminal A.
This New York airport combines with LaGuardia and JFK International Airports to create America's largest air transportation system and the world's second largest for passenger traffic. These three airports also combine to make the world's largest air transport system for total flight operations. Newark Liberty's annual passenger average of 34 million combined with JFK's 49.3 million and LaGuardia's 25.7 million reach a whopping combined total of 109 million passenger operations.
Newark Liberty International Airport is home to a wide range of ground transport options including an AirTrain which connects with New Jersey Transit services and the Amtrak national rail network. There are also a number of car rental and shuttle transfer services however, with the airport conveniently located on the Interstate 95 New Jersey Turnpike, taxis are a popular option for getting from the terminal to parking lots and other popular destinations. Taxi fares vary depending on where you are going however a trips cost between $40 to $70 to get to Jersey City, New York City or Manhattan.
Newark Liberty is approximately 25 to 30 minutes from Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, American Museum of Natural History and a number of other popular attractions.