AirTrain Systems at JFK and Newark Liberty Each Set Single-Day Ridership Records
Estimates show the Port Authority airport system handled a record number of travelers during the five-day period that ended Sunday, November 26, and the AirTrain rail systems at John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports each set a single-day ridership record last Wednesday.
Port Authority Aviation Director William DeCota said air passenger traffic totaled about 1.6 million travelers. In addition, more than 64,000 paid passengers used AirTrain JFK to travel to and from the airport during the five-day period, including a one-day record of 19,519 on Wednesday; AirTrain Newark handled more than 34,500 paid passengers during the same period, with a one-day record of 11,654 on Wednesday.
“By all accounts, it was a relatively smooth extended weekend at the airports for the record number of air travelers who used Kennedy, Newark and LaGuardia airports,” Mr. DeCota said. “And despite some inclement weather that created flight delays Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, we managed crowds exceptionally well with our staff of customer service representatives, which we increased by 20 percent, and who worked closely with officials from the airlines and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.”
The three major airports operated by the Port Authority are on track for a record 2006, with more than 103 million passengers projected for the year. The previous annual record was set in 2005, with 99.8 million air travelers.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. In addition to the three major airports and the AirTrain systems, they include Teterboro Airport; 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.