Delta Air Lines is offering a free flight for New York Rangers fans planning to attend game three of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday. Problem is, the game’s in New Jersey, and it will probably take four times as long to fly there than it would to just drive or use public transportation.
The flight will take off from LaGuardia Airport at 10 a.m. Saturday. Seventeen minutes later, it will touch down in Newark, at which point airport ground transportation will take fans from Newark Liberty Airport to the Prudential Center for the game, and then back to LaGuardia when it’s over.
According to geography, the two airports are separated by 21.56 miles. Driving from one airport to the other is estimated to take about 38 minutes, according to Mapquest.
Let’s say it takes 30 minutes to get to LaGuardia on Saturday morning. Then you have to get felt up by airport security, which we’ll estimate taking about 30-45 minutes. Then you have to de-board, get driven to the game, and then do it all over again to get back home. In all, we’d estimate that flying to and from the game will take at least three hours when it’s all said and done. The shortest part of the trip would be the 17 minutes you’re actually on the airplane.
Moral of the story: don’t fly from New York City to northern New Jersey.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 17, 2012