Press Release Article


Date: Dec 20, 2006
Press Release Number: 116-2006

100 Millionth Traveler Greeted with Cheers and Gifts Upon Arrival at JFK

The Port Authority today welcomed its 100 millionth air passenger of 2006, setting a record combined passenger count for the region’s three major airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia, which surpassed the nine-figure milestone for the first time in their history. No other airport system in the country has ever handled as many passengers as the Port Authority’s airports have this year.

The 100 millionth passenger, Mrs. Liang Chen of Taiwan, who arrived this afternoon at Kennedy Airport aboard a nonstop Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong, was met by officials from the Port Authority and NYC & Company, and presented with an array of donated gifts. (A complete list follows the press release.)

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “In welcoming our 100 millionth air traveler of 2006, it’s a good time to note how diligently the Port Authority has worked in collaboration with its partners in private industry, investing billions of dollars in our aviation infrastructure to ensure our airports remain safe and secure, and provide our customers with world-class amenities and services. And our 10-year Capital Plan announced last week continues to reinvest in these important facilities, with nearly $4 billion earmarked for additional airport enhancements and improvements over the next decade.”

Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “For nearly 60 years, Kennedy Airport has been the premier U.S. international gateway, welcoming hundreds of millions of travelers from virtually every country in the world, including this year’s 100 millionth passenger at our airports. As the Port Authority celebrates today’s historic milestone, we also reaffirm our commitment as stewards of JFK and our other airports, recognizing their importance to the region’s economy, particularly our travel and tourism industry.”

Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “It’s a remarkable day in the history of the Port Authority’s airports. Serving 100 million annual air passengers – five times the population of the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region – is no small feat, and it’s a testament to the hard work of the men and women of the Port Authority and all our partners in private industry. We have made customer service a hallmark of our agency, and we look forward to continuing to provide great service for each and every air traveler who uses our airports.”

By year’s end, the Port Authority airports are expected to handle nearly 104 million passengers, up from 99.8 million in 2005. The Port Authority’s airports offer more nonstop flights to more destinations than any other airport system in the world.

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.


Today\'s 100 millionth passenger received:

  • Two round-trip airline tickets from Cathay Pacific to return to New York;

  • Hotel accommodations at the Marriott Marquis;

  • VIP passes to The American Museum of Natural History;

  • Free passes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art;

  • Free three-day super saver tour of New York City from Gray Lines New York Sightseeing;

  • Express passes to the Empire State Building Observatory;

  • Tickets to a New York Mets baseball game;

  • Free membership to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which includes the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo and New York Aquarium;

  • A Tiffany crystal apple from Metro-Home;

  • Free passes to the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center;

  • Free passes and book from the Noguchi Museum;

  • Free passes and a scarf from the Staten Island Children\'s Museum;

  • A one-year membership to the Staten Island Historical Society;

  • Passes and books from the Museum of Modern Art;

  • Cookbooks from Gourmet Magazine;

  • Free passes and a $100 gift card from the Staten Island Zoo;

  • MetroCards and Music Under NY from the MTA;

  • Dinner and an evening of jazz from the Union Square Hospitality Group;

  •  Limousine service from Clique Limousine;

  • Tickets to a Broadway show from The League of American Theaters & Producers, Inc.;

  • Tickets to a Broadway show from Direct;

  •  A $100 gift certificate from Tavern on the Green;

  • Free passes, a bag and book from the Alley Pond Environmental Center;

  •  Free admission and a \"Signers of the Constitution\" silk tie from the King Manor Museum;

  • Flowers from All Seasons Flowers;

  • $100 gift certificate from Lord & Taylor;

  • Free tickets to a concert from Flushing Town Hall;

  • Tickets to the St. George Theatre;

  • Free passes from New York Pass; and

  •  A china bowl from the Port Authority.

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