Newark Liberty and New York JFK to Reopen Today

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New York and New Jersey Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy packaged a punch when it hit the mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States with sustained winds of 85 mph and a significant storm surge. Portions of New Jersey and New York have sustained significant damage, making travel difficult. 6.6 million customers across the region have no power and all of lower Manhattan is in the black.

Public transportation is limited at best with the entire NYC subway system closed. It could be days until many northeast transit systems get back to normal.

The one thing that’s certain is the cleanup from “superstorm” Sandy will be significant.

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Newark Liberty Intl Airport to Re-open at 7:00am 10/31/2012

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is the first of the three New York City airports to re-open.

As of this morning, there are no departures at Newark Liberty International Airport, but a steady stream of international arrivals, primarily United Airlines flights from Europe, are airborne and will begin to arrive around the noon hour. United flights from Hong Kong (HGK), Shanghai (PVG), and Beijing (PEK) have also departed and are en-route to Newark Liberty.

Airline schedules will be limited as ground transportation across the region remains a challenge. It’s expected to take a few days, at minimum, to return to normal. If you are flying to or from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), check with your airline before going to the airport.

Most airlines still have waivers in effect allowing consumers to re-book their flights with no change fee. If your flight is cancelled, you will have the ability to re-book onto another flight or obtain a refund.

New Jersey Transit Rail service to New York Penn Station is closed as a result of flooding.

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New York John F. Kennedy (JFK) to re-open at noon 10/31/2012

New York’s JFK airport is in a similar situation. At the moment, numerous JetBlue flights are re-positioning to New York Kennedy (JFK) Airport. This will allow JetBlue to re-start operations once the airport opens.

Trans-Atlantic flights from a variety of European cities are airborne and en-route to JFK as well as some trans-Pacific flights.

Again, while the airport is open, airline schedules will remain limited in large part because of the ground transportation situation.

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New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to remain closed

The two runways – 04/22 and 13/31 at New York LaGuardia remain underwater. New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) cannot re-open until the water subsides. Once the water does subside, tests will need to be carried out on airport navigation equipment and lighting which has the potential to be damaged by salt water.

Other Airports – mid-Atlantic and Northeast

Other airports in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast are open including Washington Dulles (IAD), Washington National (DCA), Manchester (MHT), and Boston Logan (BOS).

Bridges to/from New York are open as well as the major interstate highways in the region.

Long Island’s Islip (ISP) Airport is also open but US Airways and Southwest Airlines, the two carriers at the airport, are slowly resuming their flight schedule.

If you need to get out of New York City or Long Island, your best bet at this moment is likely an automobile rental to a functional airport in the region. If you need to reach New York or Long Island, your best bet is likely a flight to Boston, Washington DC, or Baltimore and then renting a car to New York.

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