Press Release Article


Date: Apr 30, 2019
Press Release Number: 64-2019

Airports handled first-quarter record of more than 31 million passengers;

Port of New York and New Jersey surpassed first-quarter 2018 record for cargo volume by 6.7 percent;

Port Authority crossings report increase in vehicle traffic in first-quarter 2019;

Facilities also set new all-time records for the month of March 2019

The Port Authority announced today that its airports, seaport and crossings reported record volumes during the first quarter of 2019 and for the month of March 2019, coming at a time the agency is actively engaged in significantly upgrading its legacy transportation facilities as part of its $32.2 billion capital investment program to provide customers with a 21st century experience.


During the first quarter of 2019, the Port Authority’s airports handled more passengers than any other first quarter on record. This resulted in an all-time first-quarter high of 31.1 million passengers across all four commercial airports - John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International airports – up 5 percent from the same period in 2018, when the previous record high was set. New all-time first-quarter records also were set at Newark Liberty International Airport (10.37 million passengers), JFK Airport (13.92 million passengers) and LaGuardia Airport (6.7 million passengers),

In March 2019, the Port Authority also set a record at its four commercial airports for the volume of passengers handled, totaling approximately 11.7 million, up 6.5 percent. It is the highest passenger total ever achieved in March, surpassing the previous record set in March 2018.

On April 18, both LaGuardia Airport (59,700 passengers) and Newark Liberty International Airport (78,811 passengers) reported all-time records for passenger volume in a single day, surpassing 2018’s pre-Thanksgiving volumes on what typically is the busiest travel day of the year.

Port of New York and New Jersey:

The Port Department’s streak of record-setting months continued through the first quarter of 2019. The port handled an all-time record of approximately 1,800,000 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) during the first quarter of 2019, which represents a 6.7 percent increase over the same period in 2018. The port also set a new first-quarter record for cargo handled by rail.

During March 2019, the port handled 585,083 TEUs, the most ever for that month, which represented a 4 percent increase over the previous March record, set in 2018, of 572,572 TEUs. The March 2019 cargo growth was bolstered by a 12-percent increase in export containers over March 2018. In addition, the port set a new March record for cargo handled by rail by moving 58,877 containers, up 11 percent over the previous record set in March 2018.

The record cargo volume handled allowed the port to maintain its position as the busiest on the East Coast.

Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals:

The Port Authority’s six crossings handled a total of 27.9 million vehicles during the first quarter of 2019 - more than 10 percent above the volume handled in the first quarter of 2014. Additionally, total eastbound traffic volumes for March 2019 were approximately 10 million – a 4.1-percent increase over vehicle traffic handled during the same month in 2018.

In addition, the new Goethals Bridge has continued to demonstrate a consistent positive impact on regional traffic patterns, setting a first-quarter record for vehicle traffic, handling for the first time more than 4 million eastbound vehicles between January and March 2019.


In March 2019, PATH handled 6,792,508 passengers, about 36,000 more than were carried by the railroad in March 2018.

The 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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