As flying out of Newark Liberty, Kennedy, and La Guardia airports continues to get more and more tedious, some passengers are turning towards smaller airfields where even at busy travel times like the day before Thanksgiving there are "no lines at the check-in counters, no lines to clear security and no lineup of idling planes on the runway," according to the Times.

Rather than deal with the hassle of major airports, some passengers are heading to smaller airports including MacArthur in Long Island, Atlantic City International Airport and Stewart International Airport outside Newburgh, New York. In turn, these smaller airports have launched new marketing campaigns in hopes of attracting the kinds of travelers who would rather drive further to the airport or catch additional connecting flights so long as they don't have to deal with big crowds and long lines.

The only problem is with smaller airports is that they are … well … smaller. MacArthur, Atlantic City, and Stewart can't accommodate many flights per day compared to larger hubs, and the routes they do provide seldom leave the East Coast (though the Times notes they offer a few flights to destinations as far away as Chicago and Las Vegas). And while they may become popular with a certain niche, any attempt at large-scale growth will likely be met with opposition from neighbors concerned about increases in airplane noise, and resistance from major airlines that won't service smaller airports over fears of cannibalizing business at larger airports.