Date: Sep 22, 2005
Press Release Number: 107-2005
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized the awarding of the seventh and final contract in a $179 million program of aeronautical improvements to maintain John F. Kennedy International Airport’s runways, taxiways and related infrastructure in a state of good repair while also preparing for the next generation of larger, quieter and more-efficient aircraft, including the Airbus 380, which is expected to begin passenger service in 2007.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Our 10-year strategic plan calls for accommodating growth at our various facilities with smart and sensible solutions that will improve and enhance our customers’ travel experience. We are committed to taking the long view, whether we’re making preparations for the A-380 at Kennedy Airport, advancing the modernization of Terminals A and B at Newark Liberty International Airport and the Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia Airport, or upgrading our bridges, tunnels, PATH and port infrastructure. Our long-range plans will always seek to benefit our customers while also being sensitive to quality-of-life issues for those who live and work near our facilities.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “Since the early 1990s, our airports have undergone extensive redevelopment, delivering a series of improvements to our customers, including new and enhanced passenger terminals, more efficient roadway systems, new parking garages, two AirTrain rail systems and much more. Along the way, we’ve created thousands of jobs with these projects, and this $179 million project is no different. It generates work in the construction trades, and the improvements made at Kennedy Airport will help to create tomorrow’s jobs in the travel and tourism industry. We’re proud of this legacy of economic development and remain committed to advancing it at every opportunity.”
Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “These improvements and upgrades come during a period of unprecedented passenger volume growth at JFK. We are anticipating another record-setting year in 2005, with nearly 41 million travelers projected to use the airport. Every time we undertake projects such as this, we do so with our customers in mind, seeking to provide them with the best service possible while we continue to seek ways to improve upon our world-class aviation facilities.”
The Port Authority, in close coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and the airlines, is staging the construction in phases to minimize the impact on flight activity.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia 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; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.