Date: Aug 26, 2011
Press Release Number: 99-2011
The Port Authority will close John F. Kennedy International Airport to incoming international flights beginning at noon tomorrow, August 27, to avoid stranding passengers at the airport when the region’s mass-transit systems suspend services due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene.
Many other weekend flights already have been canceled at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports, so travelers are urged to contact their carriers prior to leaving for the airport.
Passengers are reminded to check www.panynj.gov for updated information about PATH and all other Port Authority facilities. For further information about safety precautions, evacuation routes and best practices for New Jersey, visit ready.nj.gov; for New York State, visit www.511ny.org; and for New York City, visit www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/nycsevereweather/weather_home.shtml.
CONTACT: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 212-435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is self-sufficient and does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.