EWR Spot 1
Newark Airport is one of the busiest airports in the United States, also being part of the three airport, together building the mega hub – New York City. Different to the other NY airports, Newark is located in New Jersey. Despite its location out-of-state, the airport is well connected to the Big Apple. Trains run all the way from Newark Airport to NYC Penn Station. The Interstate 95 and 78 link KEWR with New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvanian metropolitan areas.
Newark Airport is mostly inhabited by United Airlines representing as the largest carrier at EWR. JetBlue using the airport as a focus city and Spirit is also offering a dozen of destiantions from EWR. Besides the Asian carriers Singapore Airlines, Air China, Emirates and Air India, almost all major european carriers flying to Newark on a daily base. La Compagnie offers flights with their A321NEO in an all business class configuration.
The airport was set up in early years – first official operation was on October 1, 1928. It was the largest airport worldwide in these days, until LaGuardia Airport commenced operations just about 10 years later. Funny thing, that JFK is New York’s busiest airport nowadays! Newark today serves more than 36 million passengers.
Written by Thomas Okaty and Tyler Lorenz (Last Update August 2021)
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|Terminal A||Domestic flights (incl. from/to Canada). Alaska, American, Air Canada, United Express|
|Terminal B||Foreign carriers and some UA intl. flights. Delta, Allegiant, Spirit.|
|Terminal C||United Airlines and United Express only.|
|Ladder||Not needed and not recommended.|
|Car/Public Transport||Advisable, however all spots can be reached by local public transport.|
|Restrooms||In every publicly accessible building like restaurants or hotels and inside of the terminal building.|
|Drinks/Food||There are aplenty of restaurants, shops and food courts nearby the airport.|
|Hotels||There are several hotels right at the airport as well as in in the airport’s vicinity and neighboring towns.|
|Season||The traffic at Newark Airport does not show any significant changes during the year except a slight increase of passenger and traffic volume in summer months. Winters in New York City can be tremendously cold and icy.|
|Security||Spotting in the United States is not always tolerated. There have been several reports from fellow spotters that police checks were performed. Especially in the NY area, police is ubiquitous. Spotting at some places is not tolerated. Please be also aware of following facts: The police is quite harsh of endangering the streets safety. If you are standing beside a street and you are visible to drivers, police may ask you to leave as you may distract drivers from keeping their attention onto the road traffic. Some police officers may react rude to our hobby as they suspect terrorism by photography of airplanes, especially in the NY area. Always stay polite and stay in car when a police officer stops for a check. Do not leave your car unless you are told to do so! The spots underneath are believed to be safe but check the MISC box for further info. Spotterguide.net is not liable for any inconvenience and misbehavior towards the police of fellow spotters.|
|4L/22R||When 04-runways are in use, 04L is used by departing aircraft, however it can occour that some few planes land on this runway in times of high traffic volume.
When 22-runways are in use, same procedure applies – planes are departing on this runway, whist arrivals mostly come in on 22L.
|4R/22L||When 04-runways are in use, 04R is used for arrivals only. Departures are rare on 04R.
When 22-runways are in use, same procedure applies – planes are usually landing on 22L. It is likely that airplanes also depart from here. That happens quite often.
|11/23||When winds are blowing from the west or east stronger than usual, EWR defaults to this short runway which is mostly being used by smaller planes during peak times also, however larger jets land here on exceptional windy days only. Arrivals AND departures are operated via this runway.|
|Spot #1 – IKEA and Floor & Decor Parking Lot|
|WHERE||Spot 1 is located on a big parking lot which belongs to IKEA and Floor & Decor, two big stores sharing a huge parking area. You can choose any parking space to spot, parking close to the fence is more clever due to less zooming. If you are coming from NYC or Newark Airport just take the Earhart Drive southbound. The airport access road of EWR is egg-shaped. When you depart at Terminal A or B, take this egg-shaped access road northbound and follow signs ‘ Terminals A, B and C/All Parking/Rental Car Return’. Then, always hang left for Earhart Drive/Elizabeth. (Please note: There is a different route when you depart at Terminal C as you can not access Earhart Dr once you leave Terminal C. Check Google Maps for further info.) You will pass the FedEx ship center among others. Take Earhart Drive for about 3.1 miles (5km) until you have reached the crossroads area with North Ave E. Turn left onto North Ave E and follow the streets course for just about 0.6 miles (950m), Then, turn left again onto IKEA Drive. Don’t be surprised, the road swerves. After 0.4 miles (650m) turn left onto the parking lot. The route from the airport’s terminals to this spot will take you about 9 minutes at normal traffic conditions.|
|WHAT||All landing aircraft into 04R and 04L (distanced, however) as well as take-offs from 22L (rare) and 22R (distant). You can also see all departures from 04L and 04R, however, it’s not possible to capture them.|
|TIME||From sunrise until early afternoon for runway arrivals. This refers to summer months, spotting in winter from here is comfortable from sunrise to approx. 12/1pm the latest only.|
|MISC.||Spotting from here is quite safe as long as you stick to some rules which are easy to follow. Don’t block the way of others whilst you park your car right on the road, so park your vehicle appropriated as Police Elizabeth and a Safety Administration checks this area regularly. You can also take pictures while you stay in your car. This applies to the entire NY Area!
There is free Wi-Fi nearby: As you enter the IKEA building, Wi-Fi will be available for free, simply sign up at the IKEA homepage by typing in your personal data and you can easily check the flightradar24 app for the upcoming arrivals.
IKEA also offers food, enter the building through the exit (right next to the fence), so you do not have to walk through the entire store.
You can also travel here by public transport, check the map above for nearby bus stops, routes and destinations.
|FOCAL LENGTH||Depending on use of runway (04R arrivals / 22R departures):
B777-300: 90mm / 155mm
B737-700: 155mm / 260mm
ERJ-175: 190mm / 320mm
|Spot #2 – Terminal A Smoking Deck|
|WHERE||This spot is at the eastern end of terminal A facing the ramp between terminal A and B. If in the terminal walk all the way to the end facing terminal B. You will see a mini-mart style store, walk past this store out the doors, then pick a spot on the deck that works for you. If coming up from parking you can also enter the terminal and take the same route, or go to the arrivals level and a set of stairs will become visible. Walk up these stairs and position yourself.|
|WHAT||Takeoffs from both runway 22R and 4L, better in the winter due to haze, all taxiway movements that taxi by the spot; either after landing or pre-departure. Runway 4R landings can be viewed as well but only photographed well in the winter due to haze in the summer. AA, Spirit, and some Delta aircraft also be available to view from here.|
|TIME||Summer and winter both work, haze can be an issue in the summer. Anytime in the winter after around 1pm and in the summer after 3pm have good lighting for this spot. Night shots of AA, DL, and spirit Aircraft that have pushed back are also available.|
|MISC.||Food, drinks and restrooms are all available in the terminal. AA aircrafts tails may sometimes obstruct shots but there are ways around them.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||For taxiing aircraft a 70-300 is recommended. For aircraft pushing back and at gates any lens works, for takeoffs a heavy 767 or A330 is usually between 220-260mm when rotating and 400mm plus when in the air except for seconds after takeoff. For smaller A/C types 270mm and up is advised to really get nice shots.
Airbus A330 (Alpha) = 180mm – Boeing 737 (Bravo) = 330 mm – CRJ900 (Alpha) = 300mm
|Spot #3 – Economy Parking Lot P6|
|WHERE||This spot is a parking lot on the north side of the field. It can be reached by car by putting “P6 parking EWR” in a GPS, the title for the lot is P6 and make sure that P6 is the lot as there are other lots that start with P. Parking in here is the best as you seem like a regular passenger with a car, however the fee as of October 2019 is 18$. The easiest and best way to get to the lot is to take the free shuttle from the terminals. Go to the lowest level of terminal C and walk to the far end on the bottom level, cross the crosswalk and look for the signs saying “Economy parking P6” and Newark Airport buses. When you reach the parking lot position yourself for the angles you would like and for good light.|
|WHAT||Runway 22R and 22L landings are the primary movements here. Some 22R/L lineups that use the full length can be shot through the fence (shooting through the fence is greatly discouraged).|
|TIME||All times of day can be shot here (just position for best lighting positions). The winter is even better as the sun moves further south the planes arriving on the 22s get even better lit.|
|MISC.||Food and drinks can be accessed by taking the free shuttle to the terminal, restrooms as well. If security asks you what you are doing be honest and kind, usually they are ok with photographers but if asked to leave go to another spot.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||Any lens works here, shorter length lenses are the best, such as 70-300, 18-300, 18-250 etc.|
|Spot #4 – Frontage Rd|
|WHERE||This spot is located right off I-78 West (Exit “Frontage Rd”, 2nd exit after toll plaza). Best way to get here is by car, however, it’s a bit of a challenge to navigate to this location as the routing can be slightly confusing. It’s definitely beneficial to have a smart phone with Google Maps installed, just drop a pin on the map and follow the directions. There is a gravel area where you can park your car. Alternatively, when coming from the airport, you can take the shuttle bus to one of the hotels close by.|
|WHAT||Runway 22R arrivals (rare).|
|TIME||From mid afternoon until sunset.|
|MISC.||There are a couple of fast food restaurants nearby, but otherwise food options are scarce.|
|FOCAL LENGTH||772: 130mm
|Spot #5 – Corbin St|
|WHERE||This spot is located in the Newark harbor area. From the airport, follow Hwy 9 towards “New York / Newark”, then follow signs towards “Port Newark”, which eventually will have you exit Hwy 9 onto Port St. After crossing I-95 take the first exit onto Corbin St and follow along until you have passed the harbor basin coming up on your left. The spot is just south of the end of that basin, there’s a small parking lot. Right at the lot is a gate to a road, which leads into the port area around that basin. If open, then do not go through as this is a restricted area (port property), but you can stand right at the entrance to take your shots. If the gate is closed, then you can walk back a little bit onto the grass area next to the main road and shoot over the fence, however, the fence as well as other obstacles will leap into the bottom part of your frame (see sample photo of UAL 737-800).|
|WHAT||Runway 29 arrivals.|
|TIME||From late morning until late afternoon.|
|MISC.||In general, it’s recommended to keep a low profile at this location, stay in your car and just get out to take a picture. During our visit we were approached by police once (after someone driving by had reported us), but the officer was appreciative of our hobby and did not ask us to leave.
No food, no drinks, no restrooms close by.
|FOCAL LENGTH||738: 120mm|