Newark Liberty International Airport will no longer be considered a New York City destination from next month – which could lead to fines for passengers relocating to the Big Apple hub.
The International Air Transport Association, the trade association made up of the world’s airlines, will remove the “NYC” city code from Newark Liberty starting October 3.
So far, Newark was grouped together With John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Belongs to the “NYC” cluster of airports. Now the New Jersey airport will only be referred to by the code “EWR”.
Once the change takes effect, fliers who want to change their destination between New York airports and Newark may have to pay a fine—which can cost hundreds of dollars, depending on the airline.
According to a memo from Lufthansa Group, which circulated on Twitter, “Separate fare for EWR will be filed.”
“Since EWR and JFK belong to different city codes (EWR and NYC, respectively), changing the airport (rerouting) from JFK to EWR will result in a change in O&D (origin and destination),” read the memo.
“Now this is allowed on a voluntary basis only if the respective fare allows re-route with O&D changes, and requires a re-evaluation.”
The post has sought comment from JetBlue, United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines.
A joint source told The Post that the airline has no plans to change Newark’s airport code, which is listed in the company’s computer system as EWR.
Travelers wishing to book flights to and from the New York area can still type “NYC” and be given options to fly both in and out of Newark.
Daniel Baub, a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a former airline pilot, told The Post that airlines should be cautious in their haste to impose penalties on passengers flying in the New York metropolitan area.
“It largely depends on the airlines, and what the pricing structure will be for Newark (EWR),” Bub told The Post in an emailed statement.
“This could mean that flying in EWR will be cheaper than flying in LGA or JFK.”
“At the same time, it could mean that it would be more expensive,” Bub said.
“Regardless, I think airlines have to be thoughtful and careful about this because if they charge an airport change fee on top of all the fees already included in the ticket, they could lose passengers.”