Jfk or Lga in Jan.

Jun 14th, 2011, 02:17 PM
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Jfk or Lga in Jan.

Flying to Fl for a cruise in Jan. and which airport tends to have less delays/cancellations due to winter weather?
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Jun 14th, 2011, 02:23 PM
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They are about 12 miles apart. I am not sure the weather is a factor.

LGA is a shorter and cheaper cab ride into Manhattan if there is a problem.
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Jun 14th, 2011, 04:28 PM
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Fly in as early as possible. I find that usually time has more to do with delays than weather though of course weather can always be a factor. The other thing you can do with time is fly in late like after 9 p.m. that sometimes eliminates the time issue as well.

and really you should fly in a day early just to avoid the issue or give yourself some extra time
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Jun 14th, 2011, 04:54 PM
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Always fly in a day early. the earlier in the day it is (assuming you're not coming out of a storm and they have to reposition planes) the less chance of delays/problems and the more options of switching to another flight.

I would check to see how many non-stop flights there are each day between each airport and your destination. If one airport has many more flights pick that. If they're similar just take the best price/most convenient flight.

Agree that the airports always have similar weather since they are so close together and right on the water.
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Jun 14th, 2011, 05:43 PM
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Both airports are about the same statistically since they share the same air traffic space and weather.

Personally I like JFK better but that's because I fly mostly long haul routes which can't use LGA.
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Jun 15th, 2011, 05:15 AM
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I agree that the airport doesn't really matter. But definitely plan your flight the day before the cruise in the winter just in case.
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Jun 15th, 2011, 10:30 AM
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Even though the two airports are close together and share the same weather, the runway configuration at LGA leads to significantly more delay time there than at JFK. I think you can get the details at flightstats.com.

But, regardless of the airport you choose, you are getting good advice about traveling to your departure city a day early. Unless you allow the cruise line to arrange your travel, if you fail to arrive on time the ship will depart.
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Jun 15th, 2011, 12:09 PM
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The ship will wait for you if the cruise line booked your airline tickets? (serious question)
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Jun 15th, 2011, 12:16 PM
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Actually, the ship may or may not wait for you if you book your airline tickets through the cruise line. If it can't wait, then the cruise line is responsible for getting you to the next available boarding point and (usually) giving you an appropriate credit for the missed portion of the cruise. But ships don't always wait, especially when it's just one flight load of passengers who are late.
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Jun 15th, 2011, 12:47 PM
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Jeff is right. LaGuardia was built with a shorter runway than normal, so it can have delays even when the weather is fine.
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Jun 15th, 2011, 01:38 PM
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LGA has two 7000' runways. JFK has two pairs of parallel runways, ranging from 8,400' to 14,572'. I don't know anything special about aviation. Does the length of the runway affect the likelihood of delay? I would think that JFK's having pairs of runways might become a problem in bad weather, if they usually use both runways, but suddenly start allowing use of only one, due to visibility restrictions or inability to keep one clear of snow. Does that sound plausible?

Anyway, here's a recent FAA report on delays at the NYC airports: http://www.oig.dot.gov/sites/dot/fil...ys%20Final.pdf And, more to the point, here are data on on-time performance: http://www.bts.gov/programs/airline_...ontime_tables/ To summarize the percentage of flights that departed within 15 minutes of scheuleded departure time for the last few Januaries:

January 2008: LGA 78.36%, JFK 78.90%
January 2009: LGA 76.63%, JFK 77.22%
January 2010: LGA 82.16%, JFK 77.92%
January 2011: LGA 73.18%, JFK 71.37%

I don't see much difference there. I'd just pick whichever airport is easier for you to get to (which is probably LGA), and/or the airport from which your airline or other airlines have the most daily flights to your destination in Florida, so that you and the airlines would be most flexible in rescheduling you or other passengers in case of weather-related problems.
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Jun 16th, 2011, 04:38 AM
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Buy trip insurance, even if you plan to arrive a day early.

If your flight is cancelled, you may not be rebooked for several days, at which point you may not want to bother with the cruise any more.
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