Passengers Handled at New York's Major Airports, 1989-2016
The three major airports of the metropolitan area of New York, LaGuardia (LGA), Newark Liberty
International (EWR) and John
F Kennedy (JFK), jointly handle more than 120 million passengers annually,
making New York among the top 5 air transport markets in the world.
Traffic handled by the airports has experience an ongoing growth
interrupted by periods of recession (1990-92, 2001-03 and 2008-10). EWR and JFK both cover and extensive
array of international services, albeit EWR has a higher domestic
orientation than JFK. LGA tends to cover almost exclusively domestic
traffic, but has links with Canada (mostly Montreal and Toronto) and
the Caribbean where airports have border pre-clearance facilities.
While LGA is the closest airport to Manhattan, it has limited room for expansion
and it cannot serviced by wide body aircrafts due to the limited
length of its runways. Over a 20 year period, its traffic has remained
relatively constant. Stewart International Airport (SWF) is
comparatively marginal, handling about half a million passengers per