NYC Airport Pick-Ups and Drop-Offs 2022
With three major airports, picking up and dropping off travelers is a big part of the job for many drivers in New York City.
Even if you do airport trips regularly, you’ll still need to keep up to date with the latest pick-up and drop-off advice. The last thing you want is to get caught out by any rule or rate changes at LaGuardia, Newark, or JFK.
To help you stay prepared, we’ve rounded up the latest news and pick-up advice for NYC’s airports.
NYC airport updates at a glance
You might have already had a summer of stressful trips to LaGuardia, Newark, and JFK, with flight cancellations and travel delays causing lots of issues. Unfortunately, we can expect this to continue as post-pandemic staff shortages have a knock-on effect.
There’s also no knowing how Covid-19 rates will change as we head into autumn and winter 2022. Be mindful that we could see a repeat of last year with canceled flights, delayed journeys, and changing airport protocols.
Speaking of the pandemic, there have been some key updates to Covid-19 regulations. Passengers traveling to the USA no longer need to show pre-departure Covid-19 tests, but proof of vaccination is still required in most cases.
It’s sensible to keep up with the latest Covid-19 advice, as changing regulations could affect domestic and international flights. Plus, different airports have their own rules regarding face coverings and social distancing measures. You’ll need to follow them when picking up and dropping off riders.
Don’t forget to remind riders that they should wear a mask in the car, as many will have taken advantage of the relaxed rules for face coverings on planes.
What’s new at LaGuardia, Newark, and JFK
Since our last update in July 2021, New York’s airports have seen a few key changes.
LaGuardia’s new Terminal B is now open with improved pick-up facilities for taxis and shared ride services – great news for TLC drivers.
Over at JFK, the construction of a new Terminal One began this summer. This is going to have an impact on many travelers, who are being advised to give themselves extra time to get to the airport and between terminals. Some flights may also be redirected, so remind your riders to double-check which terminal they’ll be departing from.
This summer, there’s a parking surcharge at JFK for travelers who don’t pre-book a parking space. The on-site parking lots are getting busier, so passengers may opt for ride-share services instead of driving to JFK.
You might also be hearing more British accents soon, with new flights launched between London and JFK.
It’s worth noting that the $2.50 Airport Access Fee still applies to all for-hire vehicle pick-ups and drop-offs at JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia.
But with shared car services back in action for Uber and Lyft passengers, there’s now a discounted fee of $1.25 for pooled for-hire vehicle pick-ups and drop-offs.
Where to pick up riders at LaGuardia, Newark, and JFK
Knowing where to pick up at LaGuardia, Newark, and JFK can help you avoid fines, delays, and frustrated riders. Find a summary of your pick-up options below.
Note: Don’t forget to also look out for updates from each airport before you set off. When you arrive, you should also keep your eyes peeled for any updated road signs.
Picking up riders from LaGuardia
The pick-up area for travelers arriving at Terminal A is opposite, across the street.
To collect travelers flying into Terminal B, go to the Terminal B Parking Garage (Level 2). You’ll find this adjacent to Terminal B.
For pick-ups at Terminal C, head to arrivals (ground level) and meet your riders in the inner lane.
At each terminal, you can look out for the ‘Car Services’ signs to guide you to where you need to go.
Picking up riders from Newark
To collect passengers from Newark, you’ll first need to head to the Rideshare Hold Lot.
You’ll only be able to receive pick-up requests via the Uber or Lyft app once you’re in the lot.
Wait here until you receive a request, then head toward Newark’s arrivals area. You’ll be able to find your rider by following the directions in the app.
Picking up riders from JFK
Like at Newark, picking up from JFK means you’ll need to head to an authorized waiting lot. There are two at JFK – the Cell Phone Lot and the Limo Lot.
You’ll then become part of a virtual queue to accept pick-up requests in either the Uber or Lyft app.
Once you’ve received a request, you’ll be directed toward the arrivals level to find your rider.
At INSHUR, we always want to make our drivers’ days that little bit easier – whether it’s by keeping you up to date with the latest travel and airport news or making sure that you’ve got the right insurance cover.
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