Press Release Article


Date: Sep 03, 2019
Press Release Number: 140-2019

Port of New York and New Jersey reports highest monthly cargo volume on record in July, surpassing previous all-time monthly record set in October 2018; Port maintains position of No. 2 in the nation over Long Beach;

Port Authority airports report second busiest July on record,keeping airports on pace for record 2019;

PATH achieves record breaking monthly ridership,carrying 7.18 million passengers in July;

Goethals Bridge sets new July record, handling 1,585,402 eastbound vehicles

The Port Authority announced today that its airports, seaport, PATH and Staten Island bridges reported record activity levels in July 2019, which comes at a time when the agency has been making unprecedented investments in upgrading its infrastructure to 21st century standards.


The region’s airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International – reported the second busiest July on record, handling a combined total of 12.8 million passengers during the month. The July volumes allowed the airports to continue on record pace for 2019, handling a record 81 million travelers for the first seven months of the year, up 2 percent over the previous record for that period set in 2018.

John F. Kennedy International (36.3 million passengers), Newark Liberty International (26.6 million passengers), and LaGuardia (17.6 million passengers) all set individual passenger records for the first seven months of 2019.

Port of New York and New Jersey:

The Port of New York and New Jersey handled the highest monthly cargo volume in the port’s history in July 2019, breaking the previous best monthly total set in October 2018. In July, the port handled 662,994 TEUs, surpassing the previous best month on record set in October 2018, when 658,708 TEUs were handled. During the first seven months of 2019, the port has handled 4,315,835 TEUs, surpassing the Port of Long Beach during that seven-month period and allowing the port to maintain its position as the second-busiest port in the nation.

Rail volume for July 2019 was the sixth highest on record with 56,339 containers, compared to 54,254 containers in July 2018, a 3.8 percent increase.


PATH reported record-breaking monthly ridership in July 2019, with 7.18 million passengers. This is up 4.7 percent from July 2018, and it is even up in comparison to July 2017, when PATH was cross-honoring New Jersey Transit ticketholders during Amtrak’s “Summer of Hell.” This was due in part to July 2019 having two more weekdays than July 2017.

Additionally, average weekday ridership in July 2019 grew 2.3 percent over July 2018 to achieve the second highest July weekday average ridership ever recorded at 288,163 passengers.

Bridges and Tunnels:

The Goethals Bridge established a new July record for vehicle traffic in 2019, reporting 1,585,402 eastbound vehicles, a 3.9 percent increase over the previous record of 1,526,011 eastbound vehicles that traveled over the crossing in July 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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