Press Release Article


Date: May 19, 2004
Press Release Number: 66-2004

Millions of travelers are expected to move through the Port Authority’s three major airports, tunnels and bridges, bus terminals and the PATH system this Memorial Day weekend – Friday, May 28, through Tuesday, June 1. The agency is ready to assist travelers in getting to their destinations quickly and safely.


The number of travelers using the region’s three major airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, and LaGuardia – is expected to increase by 9.7 percent over 2003, to 1.2 million. This nearly equals the 1.3 million travelers who used these three airports during the Memorial Day travel period in 2001.

Increased airport use may make parking at all three airports hard to find. Travelers should consider asking a friend to drive them, use licensed taxis or limousines, or consider using AirTrain JFK, AirTrain Newark or other mass transit options.

More than 458,000 travelers are expected to use Kennedy Airport during the holiday weekend – an 18 percent increase over the almost 390,000 travelers last year and a 6.3 percent increase over the 431,000 travelers who used the airport during the Memorial Day weekend of 2001.

Port Authority Chief Operating Officer Ernesto L. Butcher said, “We see JFK’s success as a very strong sign that air travel is rebounding from the events of September 11, 2001. We are optimistic that this trend will continue.”

This increase – together with construction in JFK’s long-term parking lot – may cause a parking shortage. Travelers who must drive to Kennedy Airport can call 718 244-4444 for parking information.

About 419,000 passengers are expected to use Newark Liberty International Airport during the Memorial Day weekend – a 6 percent increase over the almost 395,000 passengers who used the airport last year. Travelers may have difficulty finding parking and are urged to call 888 EWR-INFO and press 22 for up-to-date parking information.

LaGuardia Airport is expected to handle 331,000 passengers during the holiday weekend – a 5 percent increase over the 315,000 who moved through the airport last year. Parking may also be hard to find at LaGuardia Airport. For the most current parking information, travelers can call 718 533-3400.

For information about transportation to and from Port Authority airports, travelers can call 800 AIR-RIDE or visit the Port Authority website – Travelers should check the status of their flights with their airlines before leaving home, and allow extra time to check in.

Tunnels, Bridges and Bus Terminals

The Port Authority is expecting about 3.4 million vehicles to use its six interstate crossings – the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges and the Outerbridge Crossing – over the holiday period.

To improve mobility during the holiday, the Port Authority will suspend maintenance work at its bridge and tunnel facilities Friday evening through Tuesday morning. Traffic advisories are available online at Travelers using the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the George Washington Bridge Bus Station should allow extra time, as lines may be longer than usual. For more information, travelers can call 800 221-9903.


PATH will operate extra trains as needed for commuters leaving early on Friday, May 28. On Memorial Day, PATH trains will operate on a weekend schedule. For additional information, call 800 234-PATH or visit

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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