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Newark Liberty International Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport
Airport information
Airport typePublic
OwnerCity of Newark
OperatorPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
ServesNew York metropolitan area
LocationNewark, New Jersey and Elizabeth, New Jersey
*Continental Airlines *FedEx Express
Elevation5 m (18 ft)
Aircraft operations (ACI)403880
Passengers (ACI)33107041

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Newark Liberty International Airport , first named Newark Metropolitan Airport and later Newark International Airport, is an international airport within the city limits of both Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States (although it is entirely owned by the city of Newark). It is about 15 mi (24.1 km) southwest of Midtown Manhattan (New York City).

Newark Airport was the first major airport in the United States and is the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area's busiest in terms of flights. The airport is operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which also manages the region's two other major airports, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA), as well as three smaller facilities, Stewart International Airport, Teterboro Airport and the Downtown Manhattan Heliport.

Newark Liberty is the second-largest hub, after George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, for Continental Airlines, which is the airport's largest tenant (operating all of Terminal C and part of Terminal A). Primarily due to this large hub operation, Continental Airlines is by far the leading carrier in the New York market. Once the merger between Continental and United Airlines is complete, Newark will be the third largest hub for United Airlines after Houston and Chicago. Newark's second largest tenant is FedEx Express, whose third largest cargo hub uses three buildings on two million square feet.

In 2010 Newark Airport handled 33.1 million passengers, compared with JFK's 46.5 million and LaGuardia's just under 24.0 million. In total, about 104 million passengers used New York-area airports in 2010, making the region the busiest airport system in the United States by passenger count and second in the world behind London. By operations (number of aircraft taking off and landing) the area"s airports are the world's busiest system, with London ranking second.

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