Press Release Article


Date: Nov 24, 2014
Press Release Number: 237-2014

Approximately 4.7 million travelers are projected to use the Port Authority's bridges, airports, tunnels and PATH system during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and the agency is putting measures in place to accommodate the anticipated heavy travel volume.

The Port Authority will provide customer service representatives at the airports and a full complement of toll collectors at its tunnels and bridges to make the holiday trip as smooth as possible.

For those traveling by air during the Thanksgiving holiday, more than 1.4 million passengers will travel through John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Atlantic City International airports. Due to the high volume of traffic, the agency is encouraging travelers to allow extra time to get to the airport and to check with their carrier to ensure their flight will depart on schedule.

About 650,210 passengers will use Kennedy Airport, 423,700 will use Newark Airport and nearly 310,770 are expected at LaGuardia Airport during the holiday period. Approximately 16,610 passengers are expected to use Atlantic City International Airport and 4,870 passengers are expected to use Stewart Airport.

In addition to a full complement of customer service representatives, the Port Authority will assist air travelers at its airport Welcome Centers, which provide information about ground transportation, hotels and other useful information. Airport customers can also find helpful features on the agency's website at, which they can access at the welcome centers to check flight status and other airport-related services.

For travelers planning to drive to LaGuardia Airport, please allow extra time as some on-airport parking lots may be full due to heavy demand and reduced availability related to ongoing airport construction projects. Travelers should plan ahead by visiting to check availability or to reserve a space, or call 1-800-AIRRIDE for alternative transportation options. For travelers using long-term parking facilities at JFK and Newark Liberty International airports, the agency offers a coupon that provides $5 off every $50 spent on standard long-term airport parking rates. The coupons are available on the Port Authority's website –

The Port Authority also offers AirTrain service to both JFK and Newark International Airports. AirTrain JFK connects to New York City mass transit via stations at Jamaica and Howard Beach. AirTrain Newark connects to Amtrak and NJ Transit via the Northeast Corridor line. More information on AirTrain and other public transportation alternatives is available by calling 800 AIR-RIDE.

Approximately 3.4 million vehicles are forecast to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the Thanksgiving holiday period. The agency will cancel all ongoing construction work for the holiday weekend at the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the agency's three Staten Island bridges. For the most up-to-date information on construction projects, travelers can call the agency's tunnels and bridges "Customer Connection" line at 800- 221-9903 or visit

At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the agency expects passenger traffic to be heavier than usual, and encourages customers to allow extra travel time to make their bus connections.

PATH will operate additional service as necessary prior to the evening peak period on Wednesday to accommodate commuters leaving early for the holiday weekend and additional service will be provided for customers attending the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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

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