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Before you head out on your next vacation, you might notice that Terminal A at the Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) got a makeover.

The Jersey-themed terminal is one million square feet in size and is officially open to travelers starting today (Jan. 12). The new terminal was originally slated to open on Dec. 8 but was delayed due to make sure the fire alarms and other safety systems were in check.

CherylAnn Abienz, a Port Authority spokeswoman, told NJ Advance Media that as of Jan. 12, the old terminal is no longer in service and all new operations will be moved to the new building. Although new can be great, it can also cause some confusion to even the most frequent of fliers.

Take a look below for everything you need to know about the new Terminal A to make your traveling less stressful:

  • Driving Directions

    According to NJ Advance Media, the new road signs will direct fliers to the new Terminal A. The Newark Liberty International Airport is located at 6 Earhart Drive, Newark, NJ 07114.

  • Parking

    The Consolidated Parking and Rental Car building, also known as CONRAC is connected to Terminal A by an enclosed pedestrian bridge. It also has charging stations for electric vehicles. Rental car parking is not open at this time, but the airport plans to consolidate 10 rental car facilities under one roof and will open later in the year, Abienz says.

  • Parking at Old Terminal A

    If you are flying in and happen to have parked your car at the old Terminal A, don’t worry. You will have access to your car. A shuttle bus from the new Terminal A will take you right to the old Terminal A short-term parking lot.

  • Getting to Terminal A by Mass Transit

    For those who will be taking mass transit to the Newark Liberty International Airport, this one is for you. NJ Transit and Amtrak passengers will continue to take the AirTrain monorail but will be getting off at the stop marked Terminal A, which has been renamed from the former “P2” stop. To get to the terminal, passengers will take the free shuttle bus, which comes every five to seven minutes. The shuttle takes approximately four minutes to reach Terminal A.

  • Getting to Terminal A via Uber/Lyft and other ground transportation

    You can still use your favorite ride-share app, cab, NJ Transit bus to get you to the Newark airport. All you need to do is follow the signs for the ground transportation area and the exact loading zone for each transportation type.

  • Checking in to your flight

    On your next flight, you will have a seamless check-in with the option of choosing to self-check-in or use self-bag check kiosks. You can still have your bags checked in by airport staff as well.

  • Retail shops and Restaurants

    Terminal A is loaded with various retail shops and restaurants while you await your plane to arrive. In the remodel, Newark Airport went all out with the Jersey theme having several shops and eateries with Newark, Elizabeth and Jersey City roots. Restrooms are also decorated with maps of cities from all over Jersey including photos of the forest or beach depending where you are in the airport. Murals also take over the space and unlike the old terminal, art is a focal point that many Newark and other Jersey-based artists had a hand in creating.

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