New York Air

When booking tickets, note that high season in New York City runs from mid-June to mid-September (summer), and one week before and after Christmas. February and March, and from October to Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in November) serve as shoulder seasons, when prices drop slightly.

Among the best websites are the following:

Cheap Tickets (www.cheaptickets.com)

Expedia (www.expedia.com)

Priceline (www.priceline.com)

Travelocity
(www.travelocity.com)

STA Travel (800-777-4040, reservations 212-865-2700; www.statravel.com) offers student fares and has three Manhattan offices. In New York, the ubiquitous Liberty Travel (888-271-1584; www.libertytravel.com) has nearly 30 locations.
Airlines

As a major international hub, New York is served by most airlines. Visiting airline offices is old-fashioned business these days (and most have closed Manhattan locations in recent years); to get toll-free numbers for airlines in the US, call 800-555-1212.

Airports
Three major airports serve New York City: John F Kennedy (JFK) and LaGuardia (LGA) in Queens, and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in Newark, New Jersey. Only JFK has baggage storage (per day $4-16; 7am-11pm), in Terminals 1 and 4.

JFK International Airport
This busy airport (JFK; 718-244-4444; www.panynj.gov, www.kennedyairport.com; Jamaica, Queens), 15 miles from Midtown in southeastern Queens, has eight terminals, serves 43 million passengers annually and hosts flights coming and going from all corners of the globe. Major renovations have been in progress for several years, including the AirTrain link with the subway (and free service between terminals).

Laguardia Airport
Used mainly for domestic flights, LaGuardia (LGA; 718-533-3400; www.panynj.gov, www.laguardiaairport.com; Flushing, Queens) is smaller than JFK but only eight miles from midtown Manhattan; it sees about 26 million passengers per year. It’s been open to commercial use since 1939, making it considerably older, too. US Airways and Delta have their own terminals there.

Newark Liberty International Airport
Don’t write off New Jersey when looking for airfares to New York. The same distance from Midtown as JFK, Newark’s airport (EWR; 973-961-6000; www.panynj.gov, www.newarkairport.com; Newark, NJ), 16 miles from Midtown, brings many New Yorkers out for flights (there’s some 36 million passengers annually). Actually it became the metropolis’ first major airport in 1928. Much of the action is domestic – particularly on Continental Airlines, which treats EWR as a hub – but not all. It added ‘Liberty’ to its name after September 11.
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