Three major airports serve New York City: John F. Kennedy International Airport (tel. 718/244-4444) in Queens, about 15 miles (or 1 hours driving time) from Midtown Manhattan; LaGuardia Airport (tel. 718/533-3400), also in Queens, about 8 miles (or 30 min.) from Midtown; and Newark International Airport (tel. 973/961-6000) in nearby New Jersey, about 16 miles (or 45 min.) from Midtown. Information about all three airports is available online at www.panynj.gov.
Almost every major domestic carrier serves at least one of these airports; most serve two or all three. Among them are America West (tel. 800/235-9292; www.americawest.com), American (tel. 800/433-7300; www.americanair.com), Continental (tel. 800/525-0280; www.continental.com), Delta (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta-air.com), Northwest (tel. 800/225-2525; www.nwa.com), TWA (tel. 800/221-2000; www.twa.com), US Airways (tel. 800/428-4322; www.usairways.com), and United (tel. 800/241-6522; www.ual.com).
In recent years there has been rapid growth in the number of start-up, no-frills airlines serving New York. These smaller, sometimes struggling airlines may offer lower fares--but dont expect the same kind of service you get from the majors. You might check out Atlanta-based AirTran (tel. 800/AIRTRAN; www.airtran.com); Denver-based Frontier (tel. 800/4321-FLY; www.flyfrontier.com); Detroit-based Spirit Airlines (tel. 800/772-7117; www.spiritair.com); Raleigh-Durham-based Midway (tel. 888/22-MIDWAY; www.midwayair.com); Milwaukee- and Omaha-based Midwest Express (tel. 800/452-2022; www.midwestexpress.com); Chicago-based ATA (tel. 800/I-FLY-ATA; www.ata.com); Las Vegas-based National Airlines (tel. 888/757-JETS; www.nationalairlines.com); and Minneapolis-based Sun Country (tel. 800/752-1218; www.suncountry.com).
After a much-lauded launch in early 2000, the new cheap-chic airline jetBlue (tel. 800/JETBLUE; www.jetblue.com) has taken New York by storm with its low fares and high-end service to Buffalo, New York, and Florida; expect a significantly expanded route map by the time youre ready to fly.
The nations leading discount airline, Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792; www.iflyswa.com), announced flights to MacArthur (Islip) Airport on Long Island, 40 miles east of Manhattan, but there are no current plans to fly into the citys airports.
Most major international carriers also serve New York.