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Newark Airport – Cathay Pacific
Follow up to another question a while ago. May be stupid so sorry.
I fly in to EWR on American into Terminal A. I leave on Cathay Pacific out of terminal B.
I’m assuming there is a shuttle/train between Terminal A and Terminal B??? Would i need to go through security again??
A worry i have is CX check in begins 4 hours pre departure. I arrive like 9 hours pre departure.
Can i stay in security and get my boarding pass for my CX flight without ever leaving security or do i have to leave security to get my boarding pass for CX flights.
Doing carryon the whole way. so luggage not an issue
Hi! I’m not super familiar with Newark, so maybe someone else can chime in about airside connections.
Cathay allows you to check-in online however, so that’s what I’d do.
I did this a couple of years ago. I arrived into Terminal A with Southwest. Flew out of Terminal B with BA/OpenSkies. You have to leave security. I had a long layover as well. There is a train that will take you between all the terminals. I walked outside between the two terminals as it was a really nice day, the path was luggage friendly, and I had a lot of time.
Terminal A has more lunch options (land-side) than Terminal B in my opinion. I had hours before the BA counter opened (at 3PM), so I had a nice lunch, walked around, read a book, sat outside for a bit, and filled out my global entry application on my phone (I was that bored). Eventually, the BA counter opened. I checked my luggage because I was tired of hauling it around by that point.
I went through security again in Terminal B (no priority line, but not very long of a wait) and proceeded to spend time in the Galleries lounge. I assume if you are not checking luggage and can check in online, you can get into the security area earlier, but frankly, Terminal B post security is a pretty dismal and overcrowded place with not much to do. If you have lounge access, the Galleries lounge shows that they open at 3, but I didn’t get there until 4.
Hope this helps.
Oh, and I absolutely loved the Galleries Lounge at EWR. The staff was fun, the view was great, and I got buzzed. It was a fun way to spend 4 hours.
I don’t fly out of Newark a ton, but I’ve flown American into/out of there a few times (I assume it was always terminal A) and I felt it was a pretty poor terminal as far as sitting/dining options. The area outside of security is probably better anyway based on how Mark F. describes it.
Another option: it takes about 45-60 mins each way to get into the city from Newark via public transit and there are $35 uber pools into the city ([URL]https://newsroom.uber.com/us-new-jersey/35uberpool/[/URL]), so if you have the interest/energy a 9 hour layover could probably let you have 3-5 hours in Manhattan.