Press Release Article


Date: Nov 30, 2005
Press Release Number: 142-2005

Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C was honored with a first-place award for Best Retail/Specialty Program, and John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 was presented with a second-place award for Most Innovative Concession for its “Christmas in New York” shop in the 2005 Airport Concessions Contest sponsored by the Airports Council International-North America, the leading U.S. airport trade group.

“The Port Authority and its private partners are honored to be recognized by an organization as prestigious as ACI-NA,” Director of Aviation William R. DeCota said. “We have dedicated ourselves to creating world-class airports that feature top-shelf concessions whose hallmark is quality, service, price, value and variety, delivered by knowledgeable, helpful people. We are thrilled that our efforts are affirmed once again, as they were last year when LaGuardia Airport captured the annual contest’s top prize, the Richard A. Griesbach Award of Excellence.”

Newark Airport’s Terminal C is operated by Continental Airlines, with a retail program overseen by Westfield Concession Management. “Christmas in New York,” a Hudson News concept, is located in JFK’s Terminal 4, which is operated by JFKIAT. More than 50 airports entered the 2005 competition.

A public-private redevelopment program spearheaded by the Port Authority has delivered extensive improvements to enhance customer service at JFK, Newark and LaGuardia airports. In addition to the new and revamped concessions, the program also features redeveloped passenger terminals; rail connections to mass transit with AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; efficient roadway designs; award-winning signage; new parking garages; and much more.

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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