A Lufthansa memo suggested the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is revamping some of its multi-airport city codes, including separating Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) from New York (NYC). I find the move a stupid one. Sorry, but Newark is a New York City airport.
Newark Is Just As Much A New York City Airport As JFK
Among a handful of changes, New York City (NYC), which currently includes Kennedy Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Newark (EWR), will no longer include Newark. It is not clear what the rationale for this change is.
— CH (@tdh18ny) September 7, 2022
But this idea that Newark is not a New York City airport because it is in New Jersey is a stupid conclusion. Every time you fly into Newark is a reminder you are still in the greater New York City area. Transport options to the city are frequent and importantly, the timing is very similar if not better to many points in the city than from JFK. From your airplane seat on the ground at EWR you can inspect the Manhattan skyline.
The consequences will also be felt by travelers, even if airline search engines still include Newark in New York City searches. Lufthansa tells its agents that separate fares will be filed for Newark and that voluntary changes between the two airports will no longer be permitted without a fare waiver or fare re-calculation.
Seems a lot of trouble for an airport that is easier to reach for half of Manhattan than Kennedy.
If anything, IATA could have (and may have) removed Baltimore (BWI) from the Washington area airport code (WAS). I would not have changed anything, but BWI is not just across the river from the District of Columbia unlike Newark from New York City. (Then again, neither is Washington Dulles IAD).
Finally, we really need a single code to search all airports in the Los Angeles area, including:
- Los Angeles International (LAX)
- Burbank-Hollywood (BUR)
- Long Beach (LGB)
- Orange County (SNA)
- Ontario (ONT)
The code “QLA” used to do the trick but has not worked for years unless I am missing something. Now whether airlines file a single fare for all LA airports is an entirely different matter.
I really don’t understand that change and have seen no other reference to it beyond the screenshot above. Whatever your thoughts about the convenience of Newark, it is certainly a New York City airport. Hopefully, this is just an instance of Lufthansa trying to pinch pennies to pay for its forthcoming pilot’s contract and not an industry-wide change.