Press Release Article


Date: Mar 10, 2006
Press Release Number: 22-2006

Retailers and Restaurants at the Port Authority’s Three Major Airports also Honored

Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal C garnered three first-place awards for its concessions program and nearly a dozen retailers and restaurateurs with shops and eateries at Newark, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports also captured top honors in Airport Revenue News’ annual Best Airport Concessions competition.

“The Port Authority and its partners have focused tremendous energy and extensive resources on our concessions program, because we want our 100 million annual airport customers to have the best retail and restaurants available to them,” said Bill DeCota, the Port Authority’s Director of Aviation. “It’s gratifying to be recognized for this commitment to excellence year after year in ARN’s contest.”

Newark’s Terminal C, operated by Continental Airlines with a retail program overseen by Westfield Concession Management, took first place in three categories: Terminal with Best Concessions Design; Terminal with Best Customer Service; and Terminal with Most Unique Services.

First-place awards also were given to regional and national retailers that are represented at the three major Port Authority airports, including L’Occitane (Newark and Kennedy); the Borders Group (Newark); the Hudson Group (Newark, Kennedy and LaGuardia); Paradies Shops (LaGuardia); XpresSpa (Kennedy); CBR Inc. (Newark); Stellar Partners (Newark and Kennedy); and Airport Wireless/PalmOne (Newark and Kennedy).

Winning restaurateurs at the Port Authority airports featured Anton Airfood for Gallagher’s Steak House (Newark); Boston Culinary Group for Figs (LaGuardia); and Famous Famiglia (Newark, Kennedy and LaGuardia).

Aviation industry experts, including airport executives, consultants and concessionaires, judged competitors.

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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