Press Release Article


Date: Aug 29, 2005
Press Release Number: 94-2005

Passengers at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports combined for nearly 25 percent of all U.S. travelers who went abroad in 2004, according to statistics released this month by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Kennedy Airport led all airports in the nation with more than 4.7 million of the record 27.4 million U.S. citizens who traveled abroad in 2004, excluding Canada and Mexico. Kennedy’s outbound overseas travel accounted for 17.2 percent of the nation’s total.

Newark Liberty ranked fifth on the list, with more than 1.9 million outbound overseas travelers, or 7.1 percent of the country’s total. LaGuardia ranked 27th with more than 75,000 outbound overseas travelers, or 0.3 percent of the U.S. total.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia, “Last year was a record-setting year in more ways than one. While airports across the country were setting a new benchmark for overseas travel, the Port Authority reported passenger growth of more than 12 percent at the three major airports to set a record of nearly 94 million passengers in 2004, and we’re projecting another record year with about 100 million passengers in 2005. By focusing our resources on components of our 10-year strategic plan, we’ll continue to meet and encourage future growth that supports tourism and commerce, and ensures economic strength for the entire region.”

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “From its earliest days, we have considered Kennedy Airport the country’s premier international gateway, and this announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce bears out that claim. However, the statistics tell only part of the story. As economic engines, our airports are unrivaled, supporting more than 435,000 jobs and contributing nearly $50 billion in annual economic activity to the region. Through our ongoing $14 billion public-private redevelopment program, we’ll make certain that they remain world-class facilities for decades to come.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “Our airports carry more passengers on more nonstop flights to more destinations than any other airport system in the world. We’re proud of that distinction, and we’re dedicated to meeting future passenger growth through passenger terminal and airside improvements, and through the use of new technologies that create greater efficiencies. And as always, our top priority will be to provide travelers safe and secure facilities, and the best in customer service.”

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 and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) 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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