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Norwegian/New York State Fam - Flying into Stewart Airport, the little airport with a big heart

12th July 2017 - 9:30am

Christine Hoffer (I Love New York) and Kathrine Gambino (Hampton Inn Hotel) greet us at Stewart International

Christine Hoffer (I Love New York) and Kathrine Gambino (Hampton Inn Hotel) greet us at Stewart International

Shane Cullen (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) reports:   Flying into Stewart Airport, the little airport with a big heart Stewart Airport probably is unknown to most.   It doesn’t fall into the same familiar category of Newark, JFK and LaGuardia.   It has a handful of gates rather than a handful of Terminals. It had c.275k passengers in the year up to Mar-17 compared to the main three airports serving from 14m up to 27m passengers (nearly 71m combined in 2015).   Arriving into Stewart Airport, you immediately see that this was a clever move by Norwegian Airlines.   It is a small airport outside Manhattan (Google maps has the journey time of 80 mins vs. JFK 65 mins, LaGuardia 55 mins and Newark 45 mins).   While the duty-free shopping and food offering is limited, it has a distinct advantage, given its small size, you can disembark the plane and be at the taxi rank in well under 5 minutes.

Remember, travelling from either Dublin or Shannon, pre-clearance is done in Ireland and there is an express shuttle that links up with Irish flight times to take you directly to Manhattan in approx 1 hour 20 mins (cost $20, 1-way).

What this airport has is a little slice of small town heaven.   Proud staff are only delighted to see a packed plane of Irish tourists arrive.   I thoroughly recommend picking up a hire car at the airport to go and explore this amazing state.   As you are out of the main metropolis, you have the comfort of dual carriageways and regional roads rather than multi-lane motorways.   This is a relaxing, stress-free way to see the States with my highlights being water rafting, craft beer sampling, bi-plane flying and, of course, outlet shopping - Woodbury Common is only 25 minutes down the road!


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Christine Hoffer (I Love New York) and Kathrine Gambino (Hampton Inn Hotel) greet us at Stewart International
Stewart gives us the red carpet treatment when we arrive
Some more cupcakes in Stuart
Mitchell Hawes (Norwegian) takes pole position beside the cake
Small but very effective duty-free in Stewart
Always time for a sub before a flight!

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