STATEN ISLAND, NY – Travel advisory: You may want to reconsider booking a flight to and from Newark Liberty International Airport in October.
Although it has been considered a New York-area airport for years, Newark will be known as its own entity starting Oct. 3, according to a Lufthansa note circulating on Twitter that cites the International Air Transport Association (IATA ), the trade association made up of the world’s airlines.
The memo said IATA would remove the “NYC” code from the airport and Newark would be referred to as “EWR” only.
The code change is significant because it means Newark will operate under a separate pricing structure from New York’s other major airports, LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport. Additionally, passengers who wish to transfer a flight from Newark to the other airports may face hefty penalties, according to the airline.
“The main way this change could impact travelers is by limiting their options for freely changing flights,” Scott Keyes, founder of Scott’s Cheap Flights, told Travel + Leisure. “Currently, many airlines allow travelers to change flights within a city code – say, arriving at JFK to arriving at LGA – without penalty. Removing EWR from the New York City code could restrict this option for many passengers.