Newark Airport Served Record Number of Passengers in 2014
Newark Liberty International Airport served a record 11.7 million passengers in 2014, according to The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Passenger growth at Newark contributed to an overall increase for the five airports operated by the Port Authority. A total of 117.1 million passengers were serviced by Newark, Atlantic City, LaGuardia, JFK and Stewart airports combined in 2014, an increase of three percent over 2013.
Pat Foye, the PA's executive director, said the growth will help boost the agency's $8 billion plan to modernize the airports over the next 10 years.
“Our gateway airports are major economic engines for the region, and an important source of job creation,” Foye said.
A runway rehabilitation project was completed at Newark Liberty International in 2014 and United Airlines overhauled concessions at the airport's Terminal C. A renovation plan for LaGuardia Airport envisions a new substation and parking deck and ultimately a new central terminal building.
The PA has also attempted to address aircraft noise issues in Newark and vicinity by hosting community roundtables on the subject and working with the Federal Aviation Administration on potential solutions. The roundtables also address noise issues at JFK and LaGuardia airports.
International travel from the five airports grew by 6 percent, to 75.2 million in 2014, the agency said, while domestic travel grew by 1.5 percent to 41.9 million. Both totals represented new records.