When you think about Newark Liberty International Airport, you probably don’t think about how old it is (especially because of all the recent terminal remodels). However, EWR has been in operation since October 1st, 1928 and is considered the nation’s oldest airfield.
Here are a few more fun facts about the airport from our Newark Airport parking company:
1. If you’ve ever noticed the abundance of United Airlines flights out of EWR, it’s because Newark Airport is the third-largest hub for United (after Chicago O’Hare and Houston-Intercontinental airports).
2. Newark Liberty International Airport is owned jointly by the cities of Elizabeth and Newark (both of which it border).
3. Up until 1939 when LaGuardia Airport opened, Newark Airport was the busiest commercial airport in the world. It was also the only airport that served the New York metro area.
4. More than 30 airlines service Newark Airport, including nearly 20 foreign carriers that can take passengers to a wide variety of destinations around the world.
5. Built in 1934, EWR’s Art Deco Newark Metropolitan Airport Administration Building served as the airport’s first terminal and was dedicated by Amelia Earhart in 1935. The building is now a museum and part of the National Register of Historic Places.
6. During World War II, Newark Airport was closed to commercial aviation and was instead operated exclusively by the Army Air Corps for its logistics operations.
7. The largest airport system in the U.S. is made up of the trio of La Guardia Airport, John F. Kennedy Airport, and Newark Airport.
8. Although the airport’s original Terminal C was built in 1973, it sat dormant until the mid-1980s and wasn’t completed finished until 1988.
9. In 2017, EWR was the fifteenth busiest airport in the U.S. and the forty-second busiest airport in the world (by passenger traffic), serving 43,393,499 individuals.
10. Up until 2002, EWR was known as Newark International Airport. The word “Liberty” was added to honor victims of United Airlines Flight 93, which took off from Newark on September 11, 2001. After it was hijacked by terrorists in mid-air, it crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, leaving no survivors.
11. Newark Airport has three runways and one helipad. The runways range in length from 6,700 feet to 11,000 feet, but each is only 150 feet wide.
Another fun fact about EWR is that Newark Airport parking can be pretty costly. That’s why we recommend parking with Airpark Newark. We offer affordable, convenient parking as an alternative to parking at Newark Airport.