The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) airports welcomed 132.6 passengers in 2017 – growth of 2.2 per cent over numbers in 2016.
The agency’s sixth consecutive record passenger totals also provided a strong boost to the region’s economic and job development, with an estimated 4,000 additional jobs and $700 million in economic benefits.
2017 figures included New York John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Newark Liberty International (EWR), LaGuardia (LGA), and Stewart International (SWF) airports. JFK welcomed 59.4 million passengers and Newark Liberty 43 million.
PANYNJ aviation director, Huntley Lawrence said: “The current run of record years
has featured an average rate increase of 3.8 per cent. Our airports continue to see robust and sustained growth, underscoring the importance of the agency’s goals of developing world-class airports, while creating thousands of jobs.”
Nearly 36 per cent, or $11.6 billion, of PANYNJ’s 2017-2026 capital plan spending, has been allocated toward airport modernization and improvements, including funding for new terminals, infrastructure and critical state-of-good-repair work.
PANYNJ airports now offer more direct flights to additional destinations aboard various carriers, including five new destinations to Stewart International Airport.
Services were added at JFK to three cities in China, along with direct routes to Glasgow, Senegal and Uzbekistan, as well as in Newark Liberty to Bimini, Warsaw, Barcelona and Buenos Aires, and several new carriers, such as Avianca Brasil, Hainan and LOT Polish joined.