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    "Newark soaring with Asian flights

    Intíl growth rate outpaces giant JFK

    By Tommy Fernandez
    Published on May 02, 2005


    By flying a half-dozen times each year to the New Delhi office of his thriving pharmaceutical marketing firm, Jaswinder Chadha is precisely the type of business traveler that New York City needs to help fuel its economy.

    But he takes all of these flights out of Newark Liberty International Airport, and won't fly from anywhere else. In fact, he plans to take more such trips out of Newark, now that Continental Airlines has launched nonstop Delhi flights out of the airport--the only nonstop service to India from the United States.

    Mr. Chadha is among a growing number of foreign entrepreneurs--many of them Asian--who are choosing Newark over John F. Kennedy International Airport. Thanks to new long-haul routes launched by Continental, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines, Newark is quickly becoming an overseas rival to its older and bigger brother.

    The airport is cherry-picking the region's air traffic and even helping New Jersey lure droves of wealthy Indians and other Asians to establish businesses in the Garden State.

    "When I look at Newark over JFK, Newark has significant advantages," says Mr. Chadha, president of MarketRx, based in Bridgewater, N.J. Newark is less crowded and chaotic than JFK, he says, adding, "Continental's new nonstop service is going to be a lifesaver for me."

    `Compelling choice'

    The same is true for many Indian executives. "The trend among Indian businesses is definitely to go to New Jersey because of the convenience of Newark Airport," says Rajiv Khanna, head of the India practice at law firm Greenberg Traurig, and president of the Indian American Chamber of Commerce. "The airport makes New Jersey a much more compelling choice."

    Newark has been a hotbed of new long-haul flight activity over the past year, and Continental has been driving the growth. In addition to its New Delhi route, the airline will soon launch service to Beijing, as well as to Berlin and Hamburg, Germany. It has applied for government approval to fly to Shanghai and Moscow. The airline is also negotiating with the Nigerian government to fly to Lagos, although these talks appear to be stalled.

    Continental isn't the only airline launching long-distance flights. Singapore Airlines last summer inaugurated nonstop service from Newark to Singapore--an 181/2-hour flight, and the world's longest commercial route. Malaysia Airlines launched service to Stockholm in the fall. Lufthansa, following its takeover of Swiss International Airlines, plans to launch service to Zurich this summer.

    Consequently, Newark Airport has seen a rapid rise in overseas travel since the World Trade Center attack. Newark's international air traffic grew 26% during the two-year period ended in January. JFK's traffic increased only 15% in the same period.

    "For years, Newark had been considered just a regional airport," says Tony Coscia, chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates Newark, JFK and La Guardia Airport. "People are now looking upon it as a world-class destination."

    Lobbying for JFK flights

    JFK's traffic is still much greater, reaching 17.6 million passengers during the 12-month period leading up to this past January. Moreover, politicians like Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks are hard at work lobbying airlines such as Air India to launch nonstop Asian flights out of JFK.

    "JFK is the premier international gateway in the world," says Michael McKay, senior policy adviser for Mr. Meeks. "Newark is never going to take that honor away." Mr. McKay notes that Newark has been able to attract more long-haul flights thanks to Continental's hub there.

    The New Jersey airport doesn't have to totally overtake JFK to impede New York's economic comeback. The boom in nonstop overseas flights is helping Newark skim the top off the region's air traffic market. Already, the average annual income of Newark travelers is $98,200, while the average for JFK is $87,600.

    The nonstop routes out of Newark are valuable because they cut travel time and airport hassles, and thus encourage more travelers to fly, according to Craig Jenks, president of consulting firm Airline/Aircraft Projects Inc. For example, Continental's nonstop New Delhi service trims four hours from the route. He says that one nonstop overseas route generates over 150,000 passengers a year.

    "These flights," says Mr. Jenks, "are going to spur a lot of economic activity in New Jersey."

    Continental's nonstop service to Beijing is also luring more Chinese entrepreneurs to New Jersey, so they can have easy access to the route, according to George Wang, head of the U.S.-China Exchange Association. Businesses and tourists in China are already preparing to take advantage of the flights as well, he says.

    "This service," he says, "is going to help bring more and more people to the United States from China."


    http://www.newyorkbusiness.com/artic...id=22857&arc=n

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    One problem with the article is this tidbit from the author;

    "Newark is quickly becoming an overseas rival to its older and bigger brother".

    Newark airport is NYC's First airport, thus it's "older" than both JFK and LGA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STT757
    One problem with the article is this tidbit from the author;

    "Newark is quickly becoming an overseas rival to its older and bigger brother".

    Newark airport is NYC's First airport, thus it's "older" than both JFK and LGA.
    Phooey. I was going to say that

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    Newark Liberty also attracts people because it is a hub. Continental uses it as a hub and therefore has many flights to many US. destinations. People can connect in Newark from international destinations. JFK has lost it's role as a major US. hub. There are some domestic/international connections that can be made but many domestic flights don't fly from JFK. Try getting a flight to Chicago from JFK. There's one a day. If your international flight doesn't arrive around the time of that JFK-Chicago flight you're better off into Newark which has flights to Chicago practically on an hourly basis.
    JFK is still number 1 internaionally for New Yorkers but with Continental using Newark as an international/domestic hub, JFK had better fight harder to lure the passengers back!

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    Looks like JFK is losing that fight thus far!!! GO NEWARK!!!

    Flights to China, India make Newark an international gateway
    Sunday June 12, 2005

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Never has the third word in Newark Liberty International Airport's name seemed more apt.

    This week, Continental Airlines will become the first new U.S. passenger airline to fly to China in more than 20 years, and will offer the New York metro area's first nonstop daily route to Beijing by a domestic carrier.

    Later this year, Continental plans to offer nonstop flights from Newark to New Delhi, India.

    ``The importance is the hours it will save our customers,'' said Jim Compton, Continental's executive vice president for marketing. ``Both those markets position us very well for the long haul.''

    The changes reflect Newark Liberty's emerging role as a major international hub. International traffic out of Newark has nearly doubled over the last 10 years, at the same time domestic travel has fluctuated.

    Experts attribute the upswing to several factors, including major infrastructure improvements at the airport and the region's burgeoning ethnic population. According to the U.S. Census, the number of New Jersey residents of Indian descent more than doubled between 1990 and 2000, and the number of residents of Chinese descent grew about 40 percent in the same period.

    More than 30,000 people traveled from the New York metropolitan region to Beijing on domestic carriers, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

    Continental Newark's top carrier with more than 10,000 employees capitalized on a pact between China and the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2004 that opened up possibilities for more travel between the two countries. United and Northwest airlines, which already fly to China, were given seven new routes, and American Airlines was permitted to fly to Shanghai next year.

    Continental's initial flight on Wednesday will take 13 hours, 45 minutes. The 283-seat Boeing 777 will carry two crews, food for two meals and, in case of an emergency landing in Siberia, a polar suit for each passenger. It will also feature movies with Mandarin subtitles.

    The new route is a boon for travelers like Rutgers University professor Ming Zu, who travels to China about twice a year for research. The last time he returned home, he said, a shuttle bus ride from J.F.K. Airport took six hours.

    ``That is almost halfway to China by air,'' said Zu.


    (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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    it's really sad to read about this hack politician saying that Newark can't "take away" JFK's status as New York's #1 airport. JFK is a dump. Newark is a modern airport that a major city can be proud of. You can get in and out of Newark easily; traffic in and out of JFK is invariably held hostage by 24 hour stalled traffic on the Belt or Van Wyck. A forward thinking policy would be to convert JFK into low-income housing (like Kai Tak) and move all the flights over to EWR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim fisk
    it's really sad to read about this hack politician saying that Newark can't "take away" JFK's status as New York's #1 airport. JFK is a dump. Newark is a modern airport that a major city can be proud of. You can get in and out of Newark easily; traffic in and out of JFK is invariably held hostage by 24 hour stalled traffic on the Belt or Van Wyck. A forward thinking policy would be to convert JFK into low-income housing (like Kai Tak) and move all the flights over to EWR.
    That's a joke. I've had more delayed flights at Newark than any other airport I've ever flown in and out of and that is including some pretty crappy airports.

    While it is true that traffic to Newark airport is invariably better than going to JFK (although you might want to shut your car windows when going by cancer alley), what good is the car trip to the airport being quicker when the airport is a nightmare with delays? Plus the premium lounges at Newark are really quite depressing compared with JFK.

    With check-in being far quicker and more efficient than Newark, JFK is by far a much less stressful airport on average in each terminal.

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    Please I have a much more pleasurable experience with Newark than JFK many times. Cancer alley, cmon it's called industry okay? That is the most tired of all Jersey jokes. The lounges are perfectly fine they are from depressing. JFK is nothing but a headache and a transit nightmare.

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    Coming in from Europe, Newark is about a million times more pleasant and efficient than JFK.

    (The last time coming in, I landed in Philadelphia.... although no architectural wonder, itīs a clean, bright, beautifully organized airport with quick frequent train service to center city.)

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    Relax, it is just reactionary.


    JFK sux in that it does not have the space to be able to improve without severely limiting its current service. Newark is bigger and has a hell of a lot more space.


    And also, the only time you go through the fume-belt is when you take the Turnpike out of newark. Just about any other direction leads you to more strange things called TREES than you will see in the entire area of Queens and Brooklyn combined, so be careful with the barbed "what exit" and "toxic alley" jokes. They only work with people afraid of moving to NJ, insecure with their own living arrangements in NY, or isolated from both of them so they do not know what is really the case.



    Anyway, JFK has a long way to go. Not saying that it won't get there, with the plans for Air-Train and the like (it takes me 10 minutes to get to Newark from Hoboken, at the same time of day it takes 30 min to get to Manhattan from JFK if you are LUCKY!).


    OTOH, mass transit to both still stinks. Unless you are only going on a weekend and taking a backpack carrying luggage back and forth through the 2 or 3 "express" services (go here, switch to this, switch to that, walk to terminal....) it is better to get a limo, and only slightly more expensive....

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    You cant beat Newark.

    You get a great look at the turnpike every time you come back into town from there.

    I can almost see Craig Schwartz dropping from the sky...

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    You waited that long for a Malkovich joke?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninjahedge
    You waited that long for a Malkovich joke?

    Yes, have you seen this film? It's so cool, I'm going to get it on LaserDisc.

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