What does United’s move from JFK to Newark mean to you?
United Airlines recently announced that when its lease at JFK expires this October it will be pulling all of its operations out, and moving them to Newark airport. The airline will be exchanging its gates with Delta at both JFK and Newark and consolidating its operations in one place, meaning that Newark becomes an even more important hub.
United has already invested $2 billion to build a world-class gateway at Newark and plans on investing millions more in renovating its terminal C lobby and the United Club lounges throughout the airport, something that wasn’t possible at JFK, where it was a relatively small player.
If you’re wondering what this move means to you, the passenger, the UNIGLOBE experts are here to answer your questions.
Will United be offering Premium Service (p.s.) on its flights in and out of Newark?
The good news is that beginning October 25, the p.s. service you’ve come to know on the Los Angeles and San Francisco flights to JFK is moving to Newark, but with increased frequency. United will be offering as many as 17 daily round-trips between Newark and San Francisco and 15 between Newark and Los Angeles.
The p.s. service includes such amenities as flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst Class, a new United Global Services reception lobby with personalized check-in for Global Services passengers and passengers flying United Global First on long-haul international flights, as well as a Mercedes Benz tarmac transportation service.
This means, that for the first time, BusinessFirst class passengers will be able to enjoy flat-bed comfort for their entire journey when connecting between trans-continental and trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights.
How will this move affect connections to and from trans-Atlantic flights?
While there has been some concern voiced about the lack of Star Alliance partners flying internationally out of Newark, United and its European partners, Swissair, SAS, Lufthansa and Austrian Air, offer a huge number of international connections from there. After years of flying into JFK, where United had few connecting flights, the move to Newark means that passenger will now be capable of connecting with one of the airline’s 500 daily flights out of that airport.
United will move several of its 757-200s currently allocated to trans-Atlantic routes to its p.s. flights, and will increase the number of wide-body 767s on trans-Atlantic flights. The end result to the international flights is that there will be larger United BusinessFirst class cabins and, on many flights, United Global First service.
Is Newark airport as convenient to NYC as JFK?
While some passengers prefer JFK, United has stressed the significance of the move to business travelers from lower Manhattan as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey moves ahead with plans to extend its PATH commuter rail line from Newark Penn station to the airport. This would provide a direct link from PATH’s World Trade Center station to the airport’s monorail.
As it currently stands, midtown is accessible by train from either airport in approximately the same length of time.