Press Release Article


Date: May 23, 2019
Press Release Number: 77-2019

Airports handled April monthly record of more than 11 million passengers;

Port of New York and New Jersey surpasses previous April’s record cargo volume by 9.8 percent;

PATH sets April monthly record, transporting more than 7 million passengers

New Goethals Bridge sets record volume for April 2019;

The Port Authority announced today that its airports, seaport, PATH system and Goethals Bridge reported record activity levels in April 2019, further continuing the growth pattern of constantly escalating numbers of passengers traveling and shippers utilizing Port Authority transportation facilities. These record levels come at a time that the agency is actively engaged in significantly upgrading its legacy transportation facilities under its $32 billion capital investment program and implementing multiple initiatives to upgrade customer experience.


In April 2019, the Port Authority’s four commercial airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International airports – showed strong growth, handling an all-time high for the month of April of 11.59 million passengers. Individual records for the month of April also were established at JFK, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports in April 2019.

Port of New York and New Jersey:

During April 2019, the Port of New York and New Jersey handled a monthly record of 605,263 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), a 9.8 percent increase over April 2018, continuing the port’s streak of record-setting months and of extraordinary strong growth. The port also set a new April record for cargo handled by its ExpressRail system, moving 56,911 containers in April 2019, up 9.9 percent from last year. The record cargo volume handled allows the Port to maintain its position as the busiest on the East Coast.


PATH handled an April monthly record for ridership, with 7,063,001 total passenger trips, a 2.3 percent increase over April 2018. The record number of riders is indicative of significant weekday growth trends, given that the record was set despite reduced weekend traffic from Saturday and Sunday closures of the World Trade Center Station for Hurricane Sandy repairs.

Bridges and Tunnels:

The new Goethals Bridge set an April record for vehicle traffic, handling 1,492,654 eastbound vehicles, a 9.8 percent increase over the previous April record set in 2002. In addition to record traffic at the Goethals Bridge, the three Staten Island Bridges – the Goethals, Bayonne and Outerbridge Crossing – saw a 3.7 percent increase in vehicles in April 2019 compared to April 2018. Overall vehicle traffic on all Port Authority’s crossings increased by 1.54 percent this April compared to April 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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