United Airlines has announced that it will end service to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in October of this year.
To make up for the change, and to still serve the tri-state area, United will add flights to destinations from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), in New Jersey. The Newark airport is about the same distance from Midtown Manhattan as JFK, but it will mean a longer trip for the other boroughs. It also adds tolls to the account, for those driving.
Over the past seven years, United failed to turn a profit at JFK, according to Reuters. However United tried to present the change as a better deal for customers.
“Manhattan business travelers, particularly those who work on Wall Street and throughout lower and western Manhattan, enjoy easy access to Newark Liberty, the most convenient of the three New York-area airports,” read the statement.
Calling the Newark airport the “most convenient” is almost laughable.
Getting from midtown Manhattan to JFK or EWR takes about half an hour by car without traffic, and about an hour and 15 minutes by public transportation, according to Google Maps. But when you take a look at both trips from Maspeth, Queens, the population center of NYC, it shows a different picture. It’s 19 minutes to JFK and 43 minutes to EWR without traffic. Calculating it from the geographical center of NYC, Bushwick. Brooklyn, it’s a 23 minute drive to JFK and 45 minutes to EWR without traffic.