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History of Newark Liberty International Airport

The Newark Liberty International Airport was inaugurated on 1st Oct, 1928. It was constructed on the 68 acres piece of land reclaimed alongside River Passaic. MCO was the first main airport in the area belonging to New York.

It remained world’s most busy airport until 1939 when LaGuardia Airport in north of NY started its operations. This divide of air traffic helped Chicago Midway International Airport to become leader soon afterwards. During the second World War US Army took over its control closing civilian traffic.  It served military logistic operations till 1948 when civilian flights resumed from MCO.

Huge investments were made for upgrades after the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey took over in 1948. The North Terminal went operational in 1953 vacating the old Administration Building which functioned as the Primary Terminal till then.

There were three accidents during 1951-52 causing unpopularity for the airport and ultimately its closure for a few months. A total of 119  lives were lost in these three accidents. Though, air traffic restarted the next year but the airport remained in low esteem for quite some time. For many years airport did not serve direct long flights. It was only in 1958 that Eastern Airlines scheduled to fly Montreal nonstop. Then again it acquired status to serve intercontinental flights as late as 1978 when TWA flew direct to Heathrow.

There had been large scale developments in airport structure throughout 1970s when Terminal A & B were added to it. In 1980s cater for the growing airport needs Terminal C was constructed and made operational in 1988, though its expansion plans continued till 2003. People Express started its operations from Newark airport’s North Terminal in 1981 and soon it become one of the largest airlines in America. After its merger with Continental in 1987, the North Terminal space was used to build new cargo facility to be used by Fed Ex.

On September 11, 2001 a flight from Newark airport crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. But this time the crash story was different, United Airlines Flight 93 which left the airport at 8:01 AM crashed as a result of takeover attempt by passengers from the hijackers intending to crash into White House or the Capitol Hill. The name Newark Liberty International Airport given to this airport, in fact, honors the memory of those victim passengers.

Newark airport holds the distinction of sending world’s longest non-stop ‘roundtrip route’ flights, Newark-Hong Kong, to air. Now MCO has regained its lost esteem and serves direct flights as far as Beijing, Shanghai and Delhi.

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