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Lesser of two evil airports...LGA or EWR

So I know both airports are pretty much at the bottom of every travellers favourite airports. I got myself some concert tickets and will fly to nyc mid July. I can get direct flights from Halifax to either Newark or Laguardia...prices and times are very similar...either with delta (LGA) or United (EWR). I've never dealt with either airline.
Any opinions on which could be better? (Or less worse? Lol) Plan is to fly out on a thurs morning and home on tues. Am hoping to book an airbnb in weehawken, New Jersey, that has good bus access to Times Square...but that isn't set in stone. Will not be renting a car.

Posted by
16894 posts

I have flown in and out of Newark airport a few times (not making flight connections there) and never had any issue with it. It seemed quite manageable.

Posted by
1234 posts

Don't know the airports, I fly into JFK, but I would fly on Delta anytime before flying on United. United has a terrible reputation for changing, cancelling flights, etc.

Posted by
3941 posts

Hmmm...I was just in contact with the lady I hope to stay with and she said Newark was much easier for ease of getting to her place...guess if I booked the earliest flight with United and it got cancelled, I'd have a few others to fall back on...they seem to fly from Halifax three times a day.

Posted by
9106 posts

I've never understood why Newark gets such a bad rap. I use the facility multiple times a year and I have no problems with it. Terminal C (United's Hub) is one of the best terminals in the country IMO. The other two terminals are a bit more old school but still okay. Also don't have any issues with United; I'm an elite frequent flyer and they have never canceled a flight on me at least. If you choose to stay in Manhattan EWR has an on site train station with direct service to Penn Station. There is also frequent bus service available.

Posted by
3392 posts

I agree! Nothing wrong with Newark in my experience...especially if you are staying in Weehawken or anywhere else in that part of New Jersey. Seems like it would be downright convenient!

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3941 posts

Any thoughts on best time to fly in? Halifax has 3 flights - arriving 7:30am (OMG - soooo early), 2pm and 5:40pm. I was leaning towards the early flight so we could at least get part of our day in - and my guess would be less air traffic at that time of day...

I was reading (really horrible) reviews of EWR - rude employees, no food choices, looooong lines, so I find if my expectations are really really low, it's never as bad as people say (of course - people are more likely to leave a negative review than a positive review).

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9106 posts

Newark airport is an international hub so it's always busy; in terms of flight movements it the busiest airport in NYC...busier than even JFK. Terminal C has two food courts, lots sit down of restaurants and even a famous diner which had been operating since the airport was founded.

Posted by
2209 posts

I would choose Newark, as someone else mentioned, on the basis of the ease of getting into Manhattan on the train. Transportation from LGA can be either costly or a pain. And, if staying in NJ, it seems it would be even better. I also would choose Newark on the basis of the airport itself ("less worse," as you say).

Posted by
2081 posts

Nicole,

i try to use whats familiar to me. If that isn't possible, then i pick one so that i can get "familiar" with it for future references.

I've been through EWR and didnt see any issues. Haven't done LGA, yet.

happy trails.

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3926 posts

Living in Brooklyn, if I cannot fly out of JFK I choose Newark, even with the $24 in tolls. LaGuardia is always a nightmare traffic wise and just horrible. I think the my last flight out of LaGuardia was over 10 years ago. everyone one I know avoids it. In fact, all my friends who live in Staten Island use Newark as a first choice, JFK second. Besides, if you are staying in NJ with friends, LaGuardia is inconvienent for pick up and if you take a cab or driver, the tolls add up.