Date: May 23, 2012
Press Release Number: 77-2012
World’s Largest Free-Flying Flag to be Unfurled Monday at the GWB
The Port Authority is prepared to accommodate nearly 5 million people who are expected to travel by air or car during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend period, the official start of the summer travel season. To honor the holiday, the Port Authority will fly the world’s largest free flying American flag – which is 90 feet by 60 feet – on Monday, May 28, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
During the Memorial Day holiday period from Friday, May 25, through Monday, May 28, the agency’s airports are expected to carry 1.53 million passengers – up 3 percent over the same period in 2011.
This week, the Port Authority announced that 85 new Customer Care Representatives will be deployed at the airports during peak periods to assist customers. They will supplement the existing 350 representatives who provide valuable information to help customers navigate the airport and public transportation options.
In addition, the agency launched a new smart phone app – a free FlySmart mobile application – for the agency’s airports that puts valuable, real-time flight notifications onto iPhone, Android and Blackberry smart phones.
The Port Authority also said sufficient parking will be available at the airports to accommodate customers who must drive and park before catching a flight.
The Port Authority expects more than 699,534 passengers to use John F. Kennedy International Airport. Due to limited on-airport parking, passengers are encouraged to take AirTrain JFK from the Jamaica or Howard Beach stations to the airport terminals. Those who must drive to JFK should call 718 244-4080 for parking information or tune to the airport radio at 1630 AM for parking updates.
At Newark Liberty International Airport, more than 470,978 passengers are expected to use the facility. People traveling to and from the airport are advised to take AirTrain Newark, which links the airport to NJ Transit and Amtrak rail services. Travelers who drive to Newark Airport can call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22 for up-to-date parking information or tune to 530 AM when near the airport.
A projected 354,689 passengers will use LaGuardia Airport during the holiday weekend. Travelers who drive to LaGuardia can call 718 533-3850 for parking information.
Stewart International Airport will likely accommodate more than 5,312 passengers during the holiday weekend.
Parking rates and additional information about all of the Port Authority’s airports can be found at http://www.panynj.gov/airports/.
Sign up for Airport Info Alerts at http://www.airportinfoalerts.com/DefaultAir.aspx. This free subscription service via cell phone, pager or computer notifies customers about weather delays, parking lot capacity, and AirTrain service delays.
Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals
Approximately 3.3 million vehicles are expected to traverse Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the holiday, about the same number as last year. To receive real time travel alerts regarding traffic conditions at Port Authority crossings, you can sign-up for email notices by visiting the Port Authority website at http://btt.paalerts.com/default_btt.aspx.
Toll plazas at all Port Authority crossings will be fully staffed throughout the weekend to handle customers paying cash.
On Friday, May 25, PATH will operate extra trains as necessary for commuters leaving early for the long holiday weekend. On Monday, Memorial Day, PATH trains will run on a Sunday schedule. Travelers can also text their origin and destination on the PATH system to 266266, and receive up to date service information.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Sara Beth Joren, 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. This includes 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.