Press Release Article
NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HOSTS
WORLD’S LONGEST-DISTANCE NONSTOP SERVICE
Date: Jun 28, 2004
Press Release Number: 87-2004
Singapore Airlines Launches New Nonstop Flights
Between Newark and Singapore
Newark Liberty International Airport today became home to the record for the world’s longest nonstop regular service, as Singapore Airlines inaugurated its new schedule between Newark Liberty and Changi International Airport in Singapore.
The nonstop Newark to Singapore service is the first of its kind. The new route is approximately 9,000 nautical miles and takes 18 hours one way. The flight will save passengers up to four hours of travel time, as compared to existing one-stop services.
New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey said, “This is a great day for Newark Liberty International Airport. Today, we’re bringing the world closer together with more convenient flights that keep our region connected to friends, family and business partners abroad. This new air service also is a boost for our economy: Newark Liberty, one of New Jersey’s most important transportation facilities, generates 110,000 jobs – including more than $11.3 billion a year in economic activity. Today’s historic event further demonstrates Newark Liberty’s vital role in the region.”
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “The world has made many strides in 100 years of aviation history and we are proud that Singapore Airlines has chosen Newark Liberty to be part of this latest aviation milestone. Our region’s connection to Asia continues to grow and the launch of this nonstop service is a testament to that growing relationship. We’ve worked hard to make Newark Liberty a world-class transportation facility and today, with our friends at Singapore Airlines, we have delivered for our customers, continuing our tradition of world-class international air service.”
Newark Liberty International Airport is home to approximately 40 airlines and offers nonstop service to 81 domestic and 62 international destinations. It handles about 30 million passengers each year.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail 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.