THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY RAMPED UP FOR BUSY THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD

Date: Nov 22, 2011
Press Release Number: 142-2011

More than 5 million travelers are expected to use the Port Authority’s airports, bridges, tunnels, and PATH system during the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to Port Authority projections, and the bistate agency will have extra customer service initiatives in place to make the trip as smooth as possible.

During this holiday period, more than 1.3 million passengers will travel through John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Stewart International airports. Travelers should allow extra time when going to the airport during the holiday period, and should check with their carrier before leaving home to make sure their flight will be departing on schedule.

The Port Authority is prepared to assist air travelers at our Welcome Centers, which provide information about ground transportation, hotels, and other important information. The Port Authority also offers AirTrain service to both JFK and Newark airports. Additional customer service representatives will be in place to assist travelers at the airports, and additional toll collectors will staff the bridges and tunnels.

Airport customers also will find helpful features on the Port Authority's Web site at www.panynj.gov, which can be accessed at the Welcome Centers. Here, travelers can check flight status and familiarize themselves with other airport-related services.

To reduce delays at the crossings, no major construction projects are scheduled at the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the three Staten Island bridges during the holidays. For the most up-to-date information on construction, travelers can call the agency’s tunnels and bridges “Customer Connection” line at 800 221-9903 or visit www.panynj.gov.

At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, passenger traffic is expected to be heavier than normal, so customers are urged to allow extra travel time.

PATH will have extra trains as needed to accommodate travelers looking to get a head start on their trips on Wednesday, November 23. PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule on Thanksgiving Day and a Modified Weekday Schedule the day after, with essential 10-minute frequency of service during the day on all four lines.

Additional Airport Information

About 632,000 passengers will use Kennedy Airport, approximately 407,000 will use Newark Airport and nearly 285,000 are expected at LaGuardia Airport during the holiday period. About 5,400 passengers are anticipated to use Stewart Airport.

To ease congestion outside the terminals at JFK, individuals arriving to pick up family and friends can use the airport's Cell Phone Lot, where they can wait for free to be notified about arrivals before driving to the terminals.

The Port Authority urges travelers to use AirTrain services to and from Newark and Kennedy airports when possible to help ease congestion.

AirTrain JFK connects to New York City mass transit via stations at Jamaica and Howard Beach. More information is available by calling 877-JFK-AirTrain (877-535-2478). Travelers who must drive to the airport can call 718 244-4444 for parking information or tune in to airport radio at 1630 AM for parking updates.

AirTrain Newark connects to Amtrak and NJ Transit via the Northeast Corridor line. More information is available by calling 888 EWR-INFO, which also offers Newark Airport parking information. Travelers also can tune radios to 530 AM when approaching the airport.

For LaGuardia parking information, call 718 533-3850.

More information on AirTrain and other public transportation alternatives is available by calling 800 AIR-RIDE. Airport information also is available at www.panynj.gov. Air travelers should check with their airline before leaving for the airport and arrive 30 minutes earlier than recommended by the airline.

For the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's travel tips, including pointers on packing and dressing to help travelers pass through checkpoints more quickly, visit www.tsa.gov.

CONTACT: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Justine Karp, 212 435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which 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.