(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and
received via e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
February 21, 2013
PORT AUTHORITY AIRPORTS HIT SECOND-HIGHEST ANNUAL PASSENGER
TOTALS IN 2012, WHILE ALSO SETTING RECORDS FOR TRAVELERS AT JFK
AND INTERNATIONAL FLIERS
Growth rate for PA airports is four times the national average
Passenger traffic at the Port Authority’s four commercial
airports totaled 109.4 million in 2012, a 3.3 percent increase
over 2011 and just shy of the pre-recession record 110 million
air travelers set in 2007.
John F. Kennedy International Airport set its all-time record
with 49.3 million passengers in 2012. JFK and Newark Liberty
International Airport together accommodated a record 37.7
million international passengers.
LaGuardia Airport also recorded strong growth in passenger
traffic, posting a 6.6 percent increase from 2011 to 25.7
million passengers, just below the airport’s 2005 record.
Growth at LaGuardia was helped in part by expanded service from
Delta Airlines and JetBlue Airways.
The 3.3 percent jump in overall regional aviation traffic
translates to 3.5 million more passengers at the Port
Authority’s airports in 2012, compared with the prior year, and
more than quadruple the 0.8 percent national growth rate in air
Newark Liberty saw a nearly one percent increase in travelers in
2012, while Stewart International Airport posted a 12 percent
decline, largely due to the loss of a daily flight to and from
Last year’s totals came despite the effects of Superstorm Sandy
and its unprecedented tidal surges, which forced closures of
LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and JFK airports and the cancellation
of thousands of flights. Round-the-clock efforts by Port
Authority aviation staff to remove water and repair damaged
equipment led to a quick resumption of normal flight operations
at all the airports within days of the storm, lessening the
overall impact on fliers.
Additionally, the airline industry posted passenger gains
despite a 3.5 percent price increase on domestic fares,
following a 6.2 percent hike the prior year.
In 2012, United retained its No. 1 ranking in terms of passenger
volume at Port Authority airports, with Delta placing second.
JetBlue ranked third and American Airlines fourth, with US
Airways rounding out the top five.
Port Authority aviation forecasts anticipate continued passenger
growth in 2013, albeit at a lower rate of between 2.2 percent
and 2.5 percent - compared with 2012’s 3.3 percent increase.
Passenger growth at the Port Authority airports comes at a time
of more than $3 billion in public and private infrastructure
investments in recent years. The agency will continue investing
in capital projects at all four commercial airports in 2013,
while working with air carriers on additional private investment
Port Authority projects for 2013 include early work toward
building a new Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia and a new
Terminal A at Newark Liberty in the coming years. At JFK, Delta
will open its $1.2 billion expansion of Terminal 4 this spring,
while beginning a $175 million second-phase of that project.
JetBlue is spending more than $200 million to create a new
international arrivals area at Terminal 5.
At Stewart Airport, the Port Authority Board approved a study
for a major rehabilitation of two runways, including new
pavement and electrical system upgrades. The total project cost
is estimated at $143.5 million.
Last year the Port Authority embarked on enhanced customer
service initiatives at LaGuardia, JFK and Newark Liberty to add
new customer care agents, introduce avatars to provide recorded
airport information to travelers, expand efforts to curtail taxi
hustling and install more power poles for electronic devices.
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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important
transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country.
The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport
facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more
than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion
in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The
Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade
Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic
One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in
New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either
the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New
York. The agency relies on revenues generated by facility users,
tolls, fees and rents as well as loans, bond financing, and
federal grants to fund its operations. For more information,
please visit http://www.panynj.gov.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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