Just 12 miles from New York City, Teterboro Airport in New Jersey is the city's primary private jet airport.
Teterboro is a general aviation airport, which means its main purpose is to remove smaller, slower aircraft - i.e. private jets - from the regional air traffic and reduce congestion at the commercial airports such as Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport.
Teterboro Airport in New Jersey is the main private jet airport serving New York City.
Teterboro is only about 12 miles from Manhattan, making it the closest private jet airport to the city.
Opened in 1919, Teterboro Airport is the oldest operating airport in the New York and New Jersey metro area, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Today, many celebrities pass through the airport as an alternative to the area's major commercial airports: Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport.
Teterboro isn't served by commercial airlines like Delta or United. Instead, when someone flies in or out of Teterboro, they go through what's called a fixed base operator, or an FBO.
On a recent summer day, I took the PATH train and a Lyft from Business Insider's Manhattan office to Teterboro Airport.
But one does not simply drive into Teterboro Airport.
Meridian Teterboro's 30,000-square-foot executive terminal includes a lobby, lounges and rest areas, work stations, a gym with showers and lockers, a pool table, and a private movie theater.
Travelers passing through Meridian Teterboro are personally greeted by the customer service team at the reception desk.
The lobby is airy and bright, with high ceilings and walls of glass.
It's filled with comfortable seating and several large plants. Stephen likens Meridian's facilities to a "five-star hotel."
Most of Meridian's clientele go straight to and from their planes rather than lingering in the terminal, so facilities like the work stations and rest areas are more often used by pilots passing through the airport, according to Stephen.
In a lounge with a TV and pool table, I saw one pilot taking a nap on a couch and another relaxing in an armchair.
Pilots can get some shut-eye in a windowless rest area where small pillows and blankets are provided.
The terminal also includes a gym outfitted with cardio and weight lifting equipment.
There's even a private 10-seat movie theater.
Most people who pass through Meridian Teterboro are business travelers, both companies and individuals, according to Stephen.
On a slow day, about 40 planes pass through Meridian's terminal. On a busier day, it could be up to 80.
Meridian operates its own charter fleet of 20 planes, which range from mid-size aircraft to ultra-long-range planes that can travel almost halfway around the world without having to stop for fuel.
In the hangars, Meridian's maintenance team services, repairs, and cleans planes.
The G200 has a roughly 25-foot by seven-foot cabin and can carry eight to 10 passengers.
The interior is luxuriously appointed with beige leather seats and wood veneer.
A small additional seat can be used in the bathroom.
Water bottles and a basket of snacks are placed on board before each charter.
Meridian's customer service team does its best to accommodate any request of its clientele, no matter how outlandish.
Unlike at a typical commercial airport, Teterboro customers don't have to bundle their liquids in one tiny plastic bag or take off their shoes and pass through a full-body scanner.
I wasn't allowed to take photos of travelers at Teterboro, but I did see a small group of people walking out onto the tarmac to board a jet. They were dressed in business casual attire.