New York Port Authority has reported John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports all set individual first half of year records with 66.5 million passengers, a 108% increase in passenger traffic compared to the same period in 2017, the authority said.
The Port Authority´s commercial airports set a record with 66.5 million passengers in the first half of 2018, an increase of 4.3 percent over the first six months of 2017.
The record number of travelers comes amid the ongoing USD 8 billion rebuild of LaGuardia Airport — where an entirely new 21st century airport is being built atop an existing outmoded airport without any reduction of flight operations. LaGuardia experienced record passenger levels in every one of the four months from March through June.
Newark Liberty International Airport saw the largest growth in passenger numbers, jumping to a record 22.5 million travelers in the year´s first six months. This represents an increase of more than 1.5 million passengers (7.6 percent) over the same time period in 2017. Domestic passenger traffic grew to a record 15.7 million passengers. International traffic also broke records by serving 6.7 million passengers.
LaGuardia Airport set a record for first-half-year numbers with 14.5 million passengers, or a 2.6 percent increase compared with the first half of 2017. Domestic passenger traffic reached a record 13.4 million passengers. The airport´s flights between Canada and the Caribbean also posted significant passenger gains.
At John F. Kennedy International Airport, the nation´s leading international hub, passenger travel also set a first-half-year record with more than 29.2 million total passengers, up 2.2 percent compared to the first six months of 2017. JFK saw a record 15.7 million international passengers, while domestic travel also increased.
New York Stewart International Airport´s passenger numbers ballooned 108 percent in the first half of 2018, compared with the first six months last year. Of the roughly 300,000 total fliers, there were more than 130,000 international passengers, largely due to the introduction of service by Norwegian Air to Europe in mid-2017. Domestic passenger totals increased more than 19 percent at SWF in the first six months of 2018, compared with the first half of 2017.
New York Stewart saw 448,323 total passengers last year, a figure likely to be easily eclipsed this year.
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 USD 23 billion in annual wages and USD 80 billion in annual economic activity.