Press Release Article


Date: Jun 11, 2004
Press Release Number: 74-2004

John F. Kennedy International Airport has been named the best cargo-handling airport in North America by more than 12,500 readers of Cargonews Asia, an industry trade publication. Port Authority Shanghai Representative Mu Lan accepted the award this week on behalf of the bistate agency.

The survey voters – shippers, importers and exporters who use freight transport services – based their selections on criteria including “suitable cargo-related infrastructure; cargo-friendly, cost-competitive, fee regime; timely and adequate investment in new infrastructure to meet future demand; and facilitation of ancillary services, including logistics and freight forwarding facilities.”

Published every two weeks, the Hong Kong-based 28-year-old Cargonews Asia covers news from the international and regional cargo and logistics industry for senior executives in Asia. Its annual Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards recognize excellence in companies from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, and are widely regarded as the most authoritative and prestigious awards for the industry in Asia.

All returned nomination and final ballot forms are verified by an internationally respected auditing firm.

Roughly half the size of Manhattan, JFK has ample room for cargo infrastructure development and is capable of handling any type of commodity from fresh fish to farm animals. Its 4.4 million square feet of cargo buildings accommodate the needs of more than 80 scheduled airlines that serve the JFK air cargo market.

Situated in the world’s largest air cargo market, the Port Authority’s airports handle more than 2.5 million tons of air cargo in a typical year. The bistate agency’s two international airports, JFK and Newark Liberty, handle nearly a quarter of all air cargo imported to the U.S., and are home to more than 1,000 cargo companies, including airlines, cargo handlers, brokers, truckers and freight forwarders.

Since 1998, the Port Authority and its private sector partners have invested nearly $275 million to develop more than a million square feet of new, state-of-the-art cargo facilities.

The region’s air cargo industry generates 85,000 jobs and more than $9 billion in annual economic activity, including $3 billion a year in wages and salaries.

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 Port Authority 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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