For the deluge of "leaving New York essays" with which we're regularly assaulted, the actual process of leaving New York is surprisingly difficult. Moby says he's in LA, but realistically, he probably typed that gloating missive from a molded chair on the Q70, where he remains trapped in eternal rush hour traffic somewhere beyond Northern Boulevard. This doesn't even account for the number of Medium writers never seen again after succumbing to the wet embrace of the airport's ceiling colostomy bags.
A study released today by Global Gateway Alliance ranks JFK and LaGuardia among the least public-transit accessible airports, compared with the rest of the world's busiest airports. Factors considered include travel time, cost, mode and number of transfers.
The most efficient airport was found to be Spain's Madrid-Barajas, which shuttles passengers to and from the city's center in just 16 minutes with zero transfers. Remarkable, especially compared with JFK's 47-minute hell slog, though to be fair, this figure would vary wildly depending on your destination—most of us do not rest our heads in Times Square. Remarkably, LaGuardia was ranked slightly less awful than JFK, despite its lack of subway access. It ranked third worst along with LAX in Los Angeles, Istanbul Atatürk, South Korea’s Incheon and Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta.
Governor Cuomo last month announced plans to build an AirTrain to LaGuardia in the coming years, to connect with the 7 train and the LIRR at Willetts Point. He also mentioned the possibility of a high speed ferry terminal to connect LaGuardia to Manhattan, as well as a hotel business center and retail shopping at the airport.