Photo: Oxygen masks deployed on Air Canada flight from Newark, NJ, to Vancouver, BC, following cabin pressure issue and emergency rapid descent, passenger says; plane landed safely after diverting to Toronto - @miluntesovic
Editor's note: Flights are landing and taking off from the New York City area airports following massive cancellations due to the winter storm that hit the region, NBC News reports. Washington, D.C., airports are not expected to be fully operational until Monday. Airlines have canceled more than 12,000 flights from Friday-Tuesday due to the storm. - Stephanie
Editor's note: Airlines have canceled more than 6,000 flights to, from or within the U.S. on Friday and Saturday due to the winter storm hitting the East Coast, The Associated Press reports. Most of Friday's cancellations are in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC. On Saturday, most cancellations are in Philadelphia, Washington and New York. Airlines have said they hope to resume flights Sunday, when blizzard warnings are set to expire. - Stephanie
Newark Liberty International Airport (IATA: EWR, ICAO: KEWR, FAA LID: EWR), originally Newark Metropolitan Airport and later Newark International Airport, straddles the municipal boundary between Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey. The airport is owned by the city of Newark and leased to and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The airport is about 15 miles (24 km) southwest of Midtown Manhattan (New York City). Newark Airport was the first major airport in the United States and through 2013 was the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area's busiest in terms of flights.
The airports in the New York metropolitan area combine to create the largest airport system in the United States, the second-largest in the world in terms of passenger traffic and largest in the world in terms of total flight operations. In 2014 Newark Airport handled 35.6 million passengers, JFK handled 53.3 million and LaGuardia handled 27 million.
Newark serves 50 carriers and is the third-largest hub for United Airlines (after Chicago–O'Hare and Houston–Intercontinental), which is the airport's largest tenant (operating in all of Terminal C and part of Terminal A). Newark's second-largest tenant is FedEx Express, whose third-largest cargo hub uses three buildings on two million square feet of airport property. During the 12-month period ending in July 2014, over 68% of all passengers at the airport were carried by United Airlines.