Flying Stewart Airport (SWF) is a smart choice if you and your family loathe big, hectic airports. It's much smaller and less stressful than JFK, Newark, or LaGuardia.
It's located near Newburgh NY in Orange County, just off the New York State Thruway (I-87), only 55 miles away from NYC.
Check-in times are fast and easy. Departures are typically on time, plus it flies direct to Florida, Philadelphia, and Detroit - a major
The airport was developed in the 1930s as a military airfield to train cadets from nearby West Point Military Academy.
Today it's mostly used for commercial passenger and cargo flights, but you might see some military planes.
Units with the National Guard and Marine Corps still operate from the airport.
Stewart Airport currently flies direct to...
Jetblue, US Airways, and Delta Connections airlines operate these flights. All other destinations will require a connecting flight.
In the 1970s Nelson Rockefeller, then governor of New York had grand plans for the airport, using the powers of eminent domain to expand it.
But many people feel that the airport hasn't lived up to it's potential.
To this day, Stewart "International" Airport doesn't actually fly direct to any other countries. In theory, it could. The runways are big enough to land any plane in the world. But the demand apparently isn't there.
The airport is actively marketing itself, hoping to land more connections with major airlines to further expand it's direct destinations.
In my opinion, Stewart makes a great choice if you're visiting the Hudson Valley or NYC area and hate big airports. And if you're local and want to go to, say, Disney World, Florida.
Frequently Asked Questions....
What about car services and transportation? Whether you're getting off the plane, or need a ride to the airport from home, Visconti Ground Transport Service (845-567-3560) will get you where you need to go.
To get an idea about price, a ride with Visconti into New York City from Stewart Airport costs $205, plus tax, tip, and fuel surcharge. (It will take about 1hr 30min).
Or you can catch a Leprechaun Bus from the airport to the Beacon train station. That gets you to the city for cheaper. But you're at the mercy of the bus/train schedule.
How do I get to Stewart Airport? By train from NYC, take Metro North up to Beacon NY via the scenic Hudson Line. From the Beacon Metro North station, Leprechaun Bus Lines runs an hourly shuttle across the bridge to the Newburgh airport.
If you're driving, take the NY State Thruway (I-87) to exit 17. Get off on Route 17k and follow the signs. The airport also has it's own exit off (I-84) The address is 1180 1st Street New Windsor, NY 12553.
What about car rentals, parking? You can pick up a rental car from either Avis, Budget, Enterprise, or Hertz, located on the main level of the airport across from baggage claim and the security screening area.The airport offers short term parking and longterm parking. You'll get 1 hr at $3 or 24 hour for $30. Long term is roughly $10 a day. Here's a parking map.
What's the nearest hotel? The Hilltop Garden Inn is the top choice and about as close as you're going to get to Stewart Airport. It's nice, clean, friendly, what you should expect from a Hilton. But it can be a bit pricey. There are plenty of cheaper options as well. See more Newburgh NY Hotels here.
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