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New York City Airports to Offer 30 Minutes of Free Wi-Fi

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A traveler works on her laptop computer in the Central Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

Travelers at four New York City-area airports, which serve more than 100 million passengers a year, will get 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi, under a deal approved by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.

The service will be available to fliers at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Stewart International airports, after the authority voted this week to revise its contract with a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless Inc. (WIFI) Following the 30-minute free session, users may purchase additional access at a cost based on Wi-Fi speed.

“We’ve worked hard with Boingo to make changes that will significantly improve our customers’ experience at our airports,” Port Authority executive director Patrick Foye said this week in a news release.

In his State of the State speech in January, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized the condition of New York City’s airports. The Democrat, who assumed the management of construction projects at LaGuardia and JFK, has urged the Port Authority to improve customer service. LaGuardia was ranked the worst airport in the U.S. for four straight years by a Zagat survey.

To contact the reporter on this story: Martin Z. Braun in New York at mbraun6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Stephen Merelman at smerelman@bloomberg.net Mark Schoifet

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