Press Release Article


Date: Nov 26, 2019
Press Release Number: 197-2019

Port Authority airports set October passenger volume record, handling 1.3 percent more passengers than the previous October record in 2018;

Port of New York and New Jersey cargo volumes set new October record, surpassing previous best October by 1.2 percent

PATH ridership sets October record handling more than 296,000 weekday riders;

Tunnel and bridge volumes continued to grow during October 2019, handling a 1.6 percent more vehicles year-to-date than during the same period in 2018, continuing steady climb experienced over the past five years

Continuing its record-setting pace across all Port Authority transportation facilities in 2019, the agency announced today that its airports, seaport, PATH, and Goethals Bridge reported record passenger and cargo volumes during October 2019. The record volumes come at a time when the Port Authority is making unprecedented investments in its facilities to bring the agency’s vital facilities up to 21st century standards and to improve the traveling public’s experience.


Through the first 10 months of 2019, passenger volumes at the Port Authority’s commercial airports – John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International – grew to nearly 118 million, a new record. The volume was 1.3 percent above the number of passengers handled during the same period in 2018, which set the previous record high for that 10-month period. Aviation forecasts that 2019 will set an annual passenger record for the airports of about 142 million passengers. In October alone, John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports also set monthly records for passenger volume.

Port of New York and New Jersey:

The Port of New York and New Jersey set a record in October 2019, handling 666,381 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), a 1.2 percent increase over the previous October record of 658,708 TEUs set in 2018. The October 2019 numbers also represent the third largest cargo volume handled in any month in the history of the port. The Port Authority’s ExpressRail system also set an October record, handling 57,722 containers, an increase of about 1 percent over the 57,197 containers handled during the previous October record month in 2018. Through the first 10 months of 2019, the Port handled 6,286,762 TEUs, a new record for the 10-month period. The volume was 5 percent above the previous record for the 10-month period set in 2018.


In October, PATH equaled its previous monthly record set in 2018, handling an average of 296,976 weekday passengers during the month. There were nine weekdays in October where PATH ridership exceeded 300,000 passengers, peaking at 308,725 passengers handled on October 24. From January through October, PATH handled a record average weekday ridership of 286,520 passengers, up 1.5 percent over the same period in 2018, and an overall ridership of 69.24 million passengers.

Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals:

In October, the Goethals Bridge established a new October monthly record, handling 1,493,303 eastbound vehicles, a 1 percent increase over the previous record set in 2018. The Staten Island Bridges collectively also set a new monthly record in October, reporting 3,089,411 vehicles, a 2.7 percent increase over the previous record set in 2018. This record volume was driven by record activity at the Goethals Bridge and the resumption of normal weekend traffic at the Bayonne Bridge following the conclusion of weekend closures tied to the wind-down of the Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Project. From January through October, the agency’s six bistate crossings – the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, the George Washington Bridge, Bayonne Bridge, Goethals Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing – saw a 1.6 percent increase in traffic compared to 2018, or 1,622,000 more vehicles during that 10-month period.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit

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