Press Release Article


Date: Dec 21, 2015
Press Release Number: 204-2015

More than 18 million travelers expected to use agency's airports, tunnels, bridges and mass transit system

The Port Authority is prepared to handle more than 18 million travelers projected to use its airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH system during the upcoming Christmas and New Year's holiday period.

To accommodate heavy travel volume, the agency will provide a full complement of customer service representatives at the airports and toll collectors and Port Authority Police officers at tunnels and bridges to make the trip as smooth as possible.

From December 17 through January 1, more than 5.4 million passengers will travel through the agency's major airports. About 2.5 million passengers are expected at John F. Kennedy International Airport, 1.7 million at Newark Liberty International Airport, 1.6 million at LaGuardia Airport, 55,000 at Atlantic City International Airport and almost 12,000 at Stewart International Airport. Travelers should allow extra time when going to the airport during the holiday period, and should check with their carrier before leaving home to ensure their flight will depart on schedule.

To encourage travelers to use safe and convenient parking facilities at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports, the agency is offering a coupon that provides $2 off every $18 spent on standard long-term airport parking rates. The coupons are available at and are valid through January 8, 2016.

The Port Authority is prepared to assist air travelers at Welcome Centers, which provide information about ground transportation, hotels and other useful information. Airport customers also will find helpful features on the Port Authority website that can be accessed at the Welcome Centers where travelers can check flight status and familiarize themselves with other airport-related services. Travelers also can check for the most up to the minute information on the agency's airports.

The Port Authority also offers AirTrain service to both John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty airports. AirTrain JFK 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.

At the Port Authority's four bridges and two tunnels, an estimated 10 million vehicles are expected between December 17 and January 1, 2016. All construction work is cancelled for the Christmas and New Year's holiday period at the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels and the three Staten Island bridges. At the Bayonne Bridge, the crossing will remain open from 5 a.m. Wednesday, December 23, through 9 a.m. Monday, January 4. Passenger traffic is also expected to be heavier than normal at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, so customers are urged to allow extra travel time.

For the most up-to-date information on construction, travelers can call the agency's tunnels and bridges "Customer Connection" line at 800-221-9903 or visit the agency's website at

The Port Authority projects approximately 2.6 million passenger trips on PATH between December 17 and January 1. PATH will operate additional service as needed prior to the evening peak period on Christmas Eve, December 24. On Christmas Day, December 25, PATH will operate on a Saturday schedule. On New Year's Eve, December 31, additional late night and overnight service will be provided to customers who are planning to attend the Times Square events. On New Year's Day, January 1, a Saturday schedule will be in effect.

Travelers can check for up-to-the-minute information on PATH.

To report suspicious activity throughout the holiday period, travelers can call the Port Authority Police Department at (800) 828 7273.

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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center 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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