The City of Newark spent more than $8.2 million on construction and development of the airport. The U.S. government spent more than $15.1 million prior to 1948. The Port Authority has invested more than $4.3 billion in the airport.
Employment and Economic Impact
About 21,000 people are employed at the airport. Newark Liberty contributes about $20.2 billion in economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region including more than $7.3 billion in wages and salaries. About 143,000 jobs are derived from airport activity.
Port Authority Administration Building
In 2002, reconstruction of the National Historic Landmark Newark Liberty International Airport's Administration Building #1 was completed. The new 100,000 square-foot building houses much of the Port Authority's airport staff.
Central Terminal Area
The 425-acre oval Central Terminal Area was built as part of a large-scale airport redevelopment program in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Newark Liberty has three major terminals: A, B and C.
With 27 gates, Terminal A branches out into three circular satellite buildings, designed as A-1, A-2 and A-3. The main terminal building measures approximately 800 by 165 feet. Phase 1 planning for the redevelopment of Terminal A has begun, with discussions under way with probable tenant airlines. A Welcome Center was recently added.
Terminal B's modernization expanded the two-level facility into three levels. Highlights include new inline baggage screening systems and passenger screening systems, and a new baggage claim hall, new departure areas, new ticket counters, additional passenger lounges and concessions, and a new Welcome Center. Terminal B has 15 international arrivals gates.
Terminal C opened in 1998. Continental Airlines’ Global Gateway project in 2001 added 600,000 square feet of space and turned the facility into a three-level terminal with two levels for departures. The C-3 concourse added 19 gates – bringing the terminal’s total to 59 – a huge retail and concessions space, and U.S. Customs facilities. The state-of-the-art International Arrivals Facility, also completed by Continental, added another 1,500 passengers-per-hour arrival capacity to Newark Liberty. In 2010, Continental merged with United Airlines. A new Welcome Center opened in the terminal in 2011.
Opened in 2001, AirTrain Newark offers service to the Newark Liberty International Airport train station, where passengers can connect to NJ Transit and Amtrak rail links for connections between the airport and New York City, Philadelphia, points across New Jersey, and destinations beyond. Thousands of daily riders also use AirTrain Newark to travel between passenger terminals and to connect to parking lots and rental car areas. .In 2011, about two million paid riders used the system to connect to the airport at the Northeast Corridor station, along with millions of others who used the system free of charge to travel between passenger terminals and to connect to parking lots and rental car areas.
Newark Liberty is the overnight small package center for the New York, New Jersey region, offering a full range of short-, medium- and long-haul services to domestic and international destinations. The airport expanded its cargo capacity in 2004 with the opening of a 142,000 square-foot facility, which combined with United and Continental's cargo buildings, increases cargo space at the airport to 1.3 million square feet.
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