Below are a few things you will want to know if you will have stopovers and layovers in New York while on a personal or business trip.
Research to find out what airlines depart from New York to your next or final destination. Should your current airline ground their flights, this will save time in finding alternate airline carriers and can mean the difference in being on standby or with a reserved seat to your next destination. The same also applies if you visit New York via bus or rail.
If you wish to explore New York City on a layover, be sure that you have at least eight (8) hours in the day or twelve (12) hours at night so you do not have to rush and can make alternate plans due to inclement weather or rush hour congestion. The extra time at night budgets for mass transit that will operating infrequently as they are not on a rush hour schedule.
To prevent lost luggage while exploring or fines from law enforcement for long items such as skis or bulky items such as suitcases on mass transit, you may want to store your belongings at New York City locker storage facilities while you explore if you can not have them checked in advanced at the airport before you leave.
Are you visiting from outside of the United States? If so, you will then realize that you will have trouble unless you have a visa waiver that is valid for a limited time.
Weather can make a positive and negative experience for you when you plan to travel to, through and from the New York area. As with all airports, JFK, LGA and EWR can experience 15 minutes to 2 hours of delays due to inclement weather so if making connection flights, be sure you have sufficient time to check in for your next flight.
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