Press Release Article


Date: Nov 15, 2005
Press Release Number: 137-2005

The Port Authority is ready to handle the nearly five million travelers expected to use the agency’s airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH rail system over the five-day Thanksgiving holiday period – Wednesday, November 23, to Sunday, November 27.

Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto L. Butcher strongly recommends that air travelers use mass transportation to get to the airport.

“Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel season of the year, and due to increased airport security, it may take longer for travelers to check in and board their flights. We urge travelers to plan ahead and allow extra time for check-in and screening at the airport,” Mr. Butcher said. “In addition, airport parking, especially long-term, may be limited. We urge travelers to take advantage of services such as AirTrain JFK or AirTrain Newark to travel to and from the airport.”


More than 1.5 million passengers are expected to pass through John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports during the holiday weekend. Approximately 645,000 passengers will use Kennedy Airport, almost 505,000 passengers will use Newark Liberty Airport, and nearly 419,000 passengers will use LaGuardia Airport. This compares to last year’s passenger volumes of approximately 598,000, 490,000 and 407,000 respectively – an increase of nearly 5 percent.

Travelers who plan to park at Kennedy Airport should call 718 244-4444 for parking information or tune to airport radio at 1630 AM for parking updates. Passengers taking advantage of AirTrain JFK can call 877 JFK-AirTrain (877 535-2478) for train schedules.

For parking information at Newark Liberty International Airport, call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22, or tune to 530 AM when near the airport. Information also is available for AirTrain Newark, which connects the airport to NJ Transit and Amtrak rail service.

For parking information at LaGuardia Airport, call 718 533-3400 or tune to airport radio at 530 AM.

Passengers using public transportation to any Port Authority airport can call 800 AIR-RIDE for up-to-date information. Information on parking at all three airports also is available at

Travelers should be aware that the Port Authority and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have zero tolerance for passengers who attempt to board planes with prohibited items such as sharp objects. A list of these items can be found at

Travelers carrying prohibited items are subject to criminal prosecution.

Tunnels, Bridges and Bus Terminals

More than 3.4 million travelers are expected to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the five-day holiday period. Travelers are urged to use mass transit and travel during off-peak hours whenever possible.

The Port Authority will suspend construction and scheduled maintenance work at the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the three Staten Island bridges from Wednesday, November 23, until Sunday, November 27. For more information on construction, call the “Customer Connection” line at 800 221-9903 or visit

Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time, as ticketing and boarding lines may be longer than normal due to higher passenger volumes. For more information, call 800 221-9903.

Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH)

PATH will operate a holiday/weekend schedule on Thanksgiving Day, with trains running every 15 minutes on all lines between 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. For additional information, call 800 234-PATH (7284) or visit

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.


Contact: Tiffany Townsend
Port Authority
212 435-7777