Atlantic City International
Atlantic City International (ACY) is the gateway to Atlantic City, the New Jersey destination famous for flashy casinos, fine shopping and decadent dining. Flights to Atlantic City Airport connect to the Atlantic City and Southern New Jersey shore region and a host of local and international destinations. More than 50 airlines currently fly to and from Atlantic City International, and that number is set to increase.
The airport, which benefitted from a $40 million terminal and taxiway expansion project in 2005, prides itself on its efficiency. According to the airport’s website, Atlantic City International offers the shortest wait time of any airport in the region. In fact, the average processing time to departing gate is a mere 11 minutes – for anyone who’s stood in endless lines waiting to go through security, this will come as good news.
The airport is much smaller than New York or Philadelphia (visitors joke that you can see from one end to the other) so if you’re looking forward to perusing the shops and restaurants for hours you will be disappointed, but staff are attentive, efficient and professional, and make the security process a breeze. Atlantic City International is located in Egg Harbor Township, a 20-minute drive from Atlantic City. The airport is easily accessible from major roadways.
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Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is located 30 miles (50km) outside Washington DC and just 10 miles (16km) south of Baltimore. It is a good alternative to the busier Dulles International Airport and Washington National Airports located in the region. Another reason to fly into Baltimore Washington International is that it serves a number of popular domestic routes in the US, as well as many international ones.
The single terminal BWI Airport has five concourses branching off from it, making for easy navigation of the airport and a less stressful airport experience. Passengers with time on their hands can peruse the great selection of shops and restaurants lining each of the concourses.
The airport is popular on America’s east coast as it is a major hub for Southwest Airlines, AirTran Airways and Cape Air. Cities with direct flights to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport include Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Tampa, and Chicago. There are many discount flights to Baltimore/Washington International Airport that provide a friendly and efficient introduction to the Baltimore/Washington area.
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Buffalo Niagara International
Located close to the Canadian border, roughly halfway between New York City and Toronto, Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is a convenient method of accessing one of North America's premier tourist attractions, the Niagara Falls.
The biggest waterfalls in North America has drawn sightseers and honeymooners for decades – as attested to by the five million passengers passing through the gates of Buffalo Niagara International Airport each year. The airport is smaller by far than the behemoths found in Toronto and New York City, but is also more basic – so passengers trade shorter queues and cheaper flights for bells and whistles such as good quality restaurants and shops.
Flights to Buffalo Niagara Airport come in from cities across North America, including New York City, Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Boston, Washington DC, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Orlando and Philadelphia.
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John F. Kennedy International
John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is one of the busiest airports in the United States. It is also the first taste of New York City that most passengers get when flying to the United States. The airport is located in Queens and is 12 miles (20km) from Manhattan, where most tourist attractions are located.
JFK Airport is well stocked with every type of amenity a passenger could ask for. There are loads of shops, restaurants and bars at the airport, as well as hotels, parking and public transport facilities. However, busy airports often forget the finer details and JFK is no exception. Passengers may find it less than user-friendly at times, mostly due to its large size, and the enormous volume of passengers filing through on domestic and international flights (more than 46 million each year).
With eight terminals, flights to John F Kennedy International Airport are easy to come by on most major airlines. Passengers booking flights with American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue and Evergreen International Airlines should find it easy to get a flight to JFK Airport as all these airlines use the airport as a regional hub.
John F Kennedy International Airport is not only a gateway to the Big Apple – for many, it is a gateway to the United States. Although big, the airport is well equipped to deal with loads of passengers and using JFK should not be a daunting experience.
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LaGuardia Airport (LGA) is situated in the borough of Queens, 8 miles (13km) east of Manhattan. It is New York’s primary domestic airport, and is the smallest of the city’s main commercial airports, despite the fact that more than 24 million passengers make their way through it each year.
According to a customer satisfaction survey by JD Power and Associates, LGA is ranked last out of 66 US airports. It’s also ranked last out of 31 airports for on-time arrivals. The customs and immigration facilities often come under fire from frustrated travelers arriving on international flights to LaGuardia Airport – so be prepared to queue at peak times, especially after midday.
Despite its downfalls, LaGuardia is a fairly popular airport due to its close proximity to Manhattan. Although not lavishly designed or decorated, the airport is clean and pleasant enough while the staff are generally friendly and helpful. The Port Authority is exploring development options, the result of which may actually lead to the demolition and rebuilding of LGA in an attempt to create a more efficient, smooth-running airport.
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Logan International Airport (BOS), or General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, is located in Boston, Massachusetts – only 3 miles (4.8km) northeast of downtown Boston. With a workforce of approximately 16,000 people and four well-laid out terminals, this easy-to-use airport is renowned for its efficiency. More than 25 million passengers catch flights to Logan International Airport from across US and around the world.
Almost entirely surrounded by water, traveling to and from Logan International Airport is easiest via ferry. However, this is not to say that the airport is without alternative transport - in fact, due to a number of service providers operating at Logan International, including taxis, trains, buses and shuttles, the airport was dubbed “Easiest Airport to Get To” by aviation.com in 2007.
One of the airport’s main attractions is the Boston Logan International Airport 9/11 Memorial, a 2.5-acre site dedicated to honoring the passengers and crew aboard the two planes that departed from Logan International on 11 September 2001. Against a pristine landscape of trees and stone walls, with a central glass commemorative sculpture, the site is a place of reflection and remembrance.
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Long Island Mac Arthur
Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) serves as an alternative hub for passengers accessing the New York area. The airport is situated 7 miles (11km) northeast of the central business district of Islip. The town of Islip owns the airport, which provides service to more than 2 million passengers per year, primarily from the Nassau and Suffolk counties.
As it’s a small airport, it serves as a more convenient and less congested alternative to other, busier airports in the area, such as JFK or LaGuardia. Flights to Long Island MacArthur Airport arrive from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago-Midway, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.
You can expect a quiet and friendly atmosphere at the airport, and can enjoy browsing through the bookshop or one of the newsagents before your flight takes off.
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Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), often referred to locally as simply Manchester Airport, is a small airport about three miles (5km) from Manchester, New Hampshire. It handles roughly 4 million passengers a year and functions as a low-cost alternative to the airport in Boston, about 50 miles (80km) south and accessible by bus. Flights to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport come in mainly from hubs across the US, although Air Canada also operates a route from Toronto.
The biggest city in the state, Manchester is home to a number of historic sports venues, a few museums and a couple of colleges. There are some beautiful historic buildings in the downtown area, which is experiencing a revival, although most of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport’s traffic is still headed south to Boston and New York City.
No matter where you’re headed, Manchester-Boston is an efficient and friendly gateway to the delights of New England.
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Situated within the city limits of both Newark and Elizabeth in New Jersey, USA, Newark Liberty International is approximately 15 miles (24 km) south-west of Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Having handled just over 33 million passengers in 2010, it is the United States’ tenth-busiest aerial hub.
Newark Liberty International comprises three passenger terminals: Terminal C consists of two ticketing levels, while Terminals A and B have four levels. Ticket counters are on the top floor, gates and shops are on the third floor, an international arrivals lounge (Terminal B) and baggage carousels are on the second floor, and short term parking areas make up the ground floor. Each terminal features three concourses.
With clean amenities and a decent array of dining and shopping venues, quick check-in and security facilities and numerous transport options to and from the airport, Newark Liberty International is, in spite of its relatively small size, an efficient airport worthy of being the country’s fifth-busiest international air gateway.
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