Hello and welcome to our airport’s Customer Care Connection. Below you’ll find details about the Port Authority’s enhanced customer service program that provides you with the best amenities and services possible. JFK is the nation’s premier aviation gateway, serving more than 53 million annual passengers and offering nonstop service to more than 150 domestic and international destinations aboard nearly 70 airlines. As an airport customer, you’ve made JFK an economic engine for growth, as our airport supports about 280,000 jobs, more than $14.1 billion in annual wages, and $39.3 billion in annual sales. We appreciate your business, and we’re committed to making your airport experience pleasant, efficient, and enjoyable.
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At the Port Authority’s airports, the customer comes first. We take great care to provide our 117 million-plus annual air travelers with the best services possible.
Great service begins with our red-jacketed Customer Care Representatives (CCRs), who can answer just about any customer question and provide one-on-one personalized service for thousands of travelers every day. With more than 300 CCRs mobilized across the Port Authority’s airport system, we’re prepared to assist travelers throughout the airports: at our state-of-the-art Welcome Centers, terminal frontages, ticket counters, doorways, AirTrain stations, federal inspection facilities, and anywhere else customers may need help.
Other customer care services and initiatives include:
Every year, the Port Authority conducts a comprehensive survey of its customers at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International, and Atlantic City International airports. We question more than 10,000 customers on a host of topics, and we use the results to inform the initiatives we undertake.
For example, in response to overwhelming demand, we recently delivered 30 minutes of free wifi for all airport customers. Logging on at the airports has never been easier—or cheaper!
We also heard from mothers who asked for clean, comfortable and secure areas where they could nurse their children or use a breast pump. Working in partnership with manufacturers and sponsors, we delivered on this customer request as well as on-the-go moms now will find feeding their babies easier at the Port Authority’s airports with the installation of free areas available for nursing needs at JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia airports. The airports are among the first nationally to offer the freestanding stations that provide a place designed exclusively for women who need to use a breast pump or want to nurse in privacy.
Port Authority Aviation Director Tom Bosco said the agency is always seeking ways to better serve our customers needs, “and we’ve received multiple requests for an area specifically for nursing mothers. Our customers are our top priority, and their feedback allows us to make improvements and provide a higher level of service. We appreciate our partnership with private industry to make these nursing areas available to the public.”
The Port Authority worked with sponsor Seventh Generation – manufacturer and distributor of environmentally safe household products – to install three units. Two units are located inside Newark's Terminal B beyond the security checkpoints – one in the B2 concourse near gates 50-57, and another in the B3 concourse near gates 60-68. A unit at LaGuardia’s Terminal B is located in Concourse A. The Port Authority expects to install additional units in the future. In addition, JetBlue worked with Seventh Generation to install a unit at JFK’s Terminal 5 near Gate 12.
The freestanding suites, created by Mamava [Spanish for “mother on-the-go”], feature bench seating, a fold-down table, and power supply for pumping, as well as space for luggage or a stroller. When a unit’s door is closed, it can be locked from the inside and displays an “occupied” message on the outside.
Every quarter, the Port Authority recognizes airport employees who go above and beyond their normal duties to assist our customers (Port Authority employees are ineligible). We also hold an annual awards ceremony.
Ms. Chan, center, with Travelers Aid manager Jane Moroski and JFK Deputy General Manager John Selden
Ms. Chan was lauded by someone who appreciated the personalized care and kindness his family received.
The person wrote, “My mother-in-law, who doesn’t speak English, was recently visiting and had connecting flights out of JFK. It was her first time visiting the U.S. and she had no idea how to navigate the airport to find her gate. We were so fortunate to have found Travelers Aid and don’t know what we would have done without you. We had the good fortune to work with Maureen, who could not have been nicer! She met my mother-in-law both coming and going from JFK.
She was so nice and really left a positive impression on all of us. … Maureen even saved us an unnecessary trip to the airport yesterday by calling to inform us that there had been an unexpected change to my mother-in-law’s itinerary, which resulted in her departing a day late. The airline never notified us of this change. If it had not been for Maureen’s call, we would have wasted hours going to the airport needlessly to catch a flight that had been canceled. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help make travelers more aware of the valuable service you provide and the wonderful people, like Maureen, who make it all possible.”
In 2007, the Port Authority launched a dedicated email address asking customers for their input and feedback to enhance the customer experience and solicit ideas about improving the airports. Since then, hundreds of customers have written, and we’ve responded with a number of initiatives, including more power outlets, additional seating, Welcome Centers, in-terminal entertainment, and much more.
Contact us with your ideas and suggestions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org