Press Release Article


Date: Jul 24, 2013
Press Release Number: 73-2013

Rehabilitation will maintain airport’s state-of-good-repair and create more than 500 jobs and $152 million in regional economic activity

Four new taxiways will help reduce airplane ground delays on Newark Liberty International Airport’s longest runway as part of a $97.3 million rehabilitation slated to begin in early 2014, under a project authorized today by the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners.

Runway 4L-22R, which measures 11,000 feet and handles about 200,000 flights annually, will be overhauled with asphalt repaving, repairs to concrete sections, and replacement of electrical and lighting systems. Crews last repaved the runway in 2003 and it is now nearing the end of its useful life, which is typically eight to ten years.

Three of the new taxiways will allow multiple planes to stage for departure at the end of the runway, reducing takeoff delays, while the other new taxiway will allow arriving planes to exit the runway faster and get to the gates quicker. The new taxiways are in addition to previous delay reduction initiatives implemented at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Port Authority aviation officials estimate the combined impact of these initiatives will mean an average of 30 seconds saved per flight, which has a cumulative effect toward reducing delays during the morning and evening peaks at Newark Liberty, which averages roughly 1,200 flights daily. The time saved translates to roughly $9.4 million annually in reduced costs for aircraft operations and the value of passengers’ time.

Direct and indirect effects of this project means creation of 510 jobs, $34 million in wages and $152 million in regional economic activity over the 16-month work period from February 2014 to June 2015.

“This nearly $100 million project will encourage the efficient movement of aircraft through Newark Liberty and significantly reduce flight delays which cost passengers in lost time waiting for flights and cost airlines in added fuel consumption and related operational expenses,’’ said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “The efficient movement of passengers and cargo through our airports is vital to the region’s continued economic growth, and the Port Authority will continue to invest in projects that keep the U.S.’s busiest airport system running safe and on-time.”

“The addition of strategically located taxiways for runway access and egress at the Port Authority’s major airports during regular runway repair work has proven highly effective at shaving vital seconds off travelers’ trips,’’ said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “These projects have made flight movements more efficient at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports, while keeping the runways in a continual state-of-good repair.”

“Today’s investment by the Board is the latest step in our efforts to modernize and transform our region’s airports into world-class aviation facilities and regional economic engines that create thousands of jobs for the New York and New Jersey region,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.

“This project underscores the Port Authority’s commitment to ensuring travelers in this region have access to a world class airport facility at Newark Liberty,” said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. “Under Governor Christie, the Port Authority is creating jobs, stimulating economic activity and providing an positive environment for business in New Jersey.”

The Port Authority coordinated timing of the runway work with the Federal Aviation Administration and the airlines. Planned staging of the project will minimize the impact to Newark Liberty’s airport operations and minimize associated passenger delays.

The staging plan includes a full 60-day closure of the runway beginning in April 2014, another 10-day closure in September 2014 and nightly and weekend closures between June 2014 and December 2014 to help minimize delays during the summer travel season. The agency will close an intersecting runway, 11-29, for a 15-day period in June to permit nearby construction. Throughout this project, two of the airport’s three runways will be available for use.

The final aspects of the project approved today will be completed in 2015.

CONTACT: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 212-435-7777

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit