Customer Care Connection

Welcome From Lysa Scully, General Manager, LaGuardia Airport

Lysa Scully

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. I like to tell people that LaGuardia is one of the world’s most efficient airports, and we have to be — no other airport on the planet handles as many annual passengers (27 million) on as little land (just 680 acres) than we do. Because of you, our airport also makes enormous contributions to the regional economy, supporting more than 121,000 jobs, nearly $6 billion in annual wages, and more than $16.3 billion in annual sales. We appreciate your business, and we’re committed to making your airport experience pleasant, efficient, and enjoyable.

Please send us your ideas and suggestions at airportcustomerideas@panynj.gov

The Port Authority's Customer Care Program

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.

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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:

  • Welcome Centers in every terminal, staffed by CCRs and offering extensive information about ground transportation, hotels and tourist points of interest
  • Hundreds of power poles and charging stations throughout the airports, many featuring USB ports, to allow customers to recharge portable electronic device at no cost
  • 30 minutes of free wifi for all customers
  • Thousands of new seats
  • Better and easier access to airport and airline information, including a mobile phone app, FlySmart; more flight information monitors; free airport alerts (subscribe at http://www.airportinfoalerts.com/); and “next-arriving-train” monitors at AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark stations
  • A cell-phone parking lot at JFK and Newark where people can park legally and for free while waiting to pick up arriving passengers, who call their rides waiting in the lot when they are ready
  • “Mystery shopper” airport quality assurance teams to monitor and evaluate vendors and other airport employees in order to provide the Port Authority with analysis to make targeted improvements in services
  • Anti-hustling campaign to assist arriving passengers and targeting illegal rides and drivers
  • Customer Care Avatars — computerized, hologram-like CCRs that provide automated airport information to millions of travelers in arrivals areas at LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark Liberty airports
  • Expansion of the agency’s award-winning airport signage program
  • Expansion of the Port Authority Customer Care Training program to emphasize attitude, appearance, awareness and knowledge for airport employees

Spotlight On Service: Kiosks For Nursing Moms On-The-Go

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.

Reward and Recognition Program

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.

Eliza Sanchez of Gateway Group One, CCR Program

Ms. Sanchez, left, with LaGuardia General Manager Lysa Scully

When Ms. Sanchez spotted an elderly customer carrying multiple bags and struggling to catch a bus that had just departed at Terminal C West, she immediately provided assistance. The customer told her that he had just 45 minutes to catch a connecting flight at Terminal B, so she chased the departing bus and was safely able to get the driver’s attention. She helped the customer board the bus with all his bags and returned to her post to continue serving customers.

We Want To Hear From You!

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 airportcustomerideas@panynj.gov

 

 



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