Press Release Article


Date: Oct 30, 2019
Press Release Number: 178-2019

Port Authority airports set nine-month passenger volume record, handling 1.9 percent more passengers than the previous record of 103.8 million;

Port of New York and New Jersey cargo volumes surge to 5.5 percent higher than previous nine-month record, with port volumes once again placing the port as No. 2 in the nation;

PATH ridership sets nine-month record with more than 285,000 weekday riders;

Port Authority’s tunnels and bridges continued to grow

During the first nine months of 2019, handling 1.7 percent more vehicles than during the same period in 2018, continuing the steady climb experienced over the past five years

Continuing its record-setting pace across all Port Authority transportation facilities in 2019, the agency announced today that its airports, seaport, PATH, and Goethals Bridge reported record passenger and cargo volumes during the first nine months of 2019, as well as for the month of September. The record volumes come at a time when the Port Authority is making unprecedented investments in its facilities to bring the region’s most vital infrastructure up to 21st century standards and significantly enhance the traveling public’s experiences.


Through the first nine months of 2019, the Port Authority’s commercial airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International – reported that passenger volumes collectively set a new record high, growing by 1.9 percent above the number of passengers handled during the same period in 2018, the previous record high for that nine-month period. In September alone, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports, as well as the Port Authority’s airport system as a whole, set records for passenger volume. Newark Liberty International Airport experienced its second busiest September on record, surpassed only by the record set in September 2018.

Port of New York and New Jersey:

The Port of New York and New Jersey set a new nine-month record in 2019, handling 5,620,381 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) during the nine-month period, an increase of 5.5 percent over the previous record for the period set in 2018. The port also continued its streak of monthly records, reporting a new record for the month of September with 624,961 TEUs handled, 3.6 percent more than the previous record set in 2018. The Port Authority’s ExpressRail system also set a third-quarter record, handling 498,661 containers during the nine-month period, 3.2 percent more than the previous record handled in 2018.


PATH established a new record for ridership both in September and for the nine-month period of January through September, handling an average weekday ridership of more than 285,000 passengers for the nine-month period. During September, there were 10 weekdays during which ridership exceeded the 300,000-passenger mark, compared to only four such days in September 2018.

Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals:

During the first nine months of 2019, the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels continued a 5-year run of steady year-over-year increases in vehicles. The six crossings collectively – the Holland and Lincoln tunnels, the George Washington Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing – handled 7.3 percent more vehicles than were handled in the first three quarters of 2014. In September alone, the new Goethals Bridge handled a record number of eastbound vehicles, up 3.8 percent over the previous September record set in 2018. Traffic volumes at the Goethals Bridge also helped propel the entire Staten Island Bridge system to a record-shattering month in September.

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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