Newark Liberty Airport Terminal A to host 60 new retail and F&B spaces

By: Mark Lane
On: 05/25/2022
The Moodie Davitt Report

USA. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has announced that 60 regional, national and global brands have been confirmed for the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport. The one million sq ft, US$2.7 billion terminal is in the final stages of development and is scheduled to open later this year.

Munich Airport NJ, a subsidiary of Munich Airport International and manager of the current Terminal A, will be responsible for concession management services, airport operations and maintenance.

New Jersey brands will feature prominently in the food & beverage line-up. Those who have signed agreements include Jersey Mike’s, Smokehouse BBQ, Office Tavern & Grill and W.B. Law Coffee.

PANYNJ noted that it has also invested US$3 million to build out retail space within the new Terminal A to accommodate the inclusion of local businesses from the cities of Elizabeth and Newark.

Locally-owned and operated stores to be located in the terminal’s main hall include The Black Home, Tonnie’s Minis, Artist Pop Shop and GWER Gelato. They will offer products from souvenirs and artwork to baked goods and gelato.

Well-known brands such as Starbucks, Shake Shack, Bluestone Lane and Hugo Boss will also be represented in the new terminal.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said: “The Port Authority’s investment in the inclusion of locally owned and operated stores reflects the importance of New Jersey’s small businesses, which act as the backbone of our local economies.”

He added: “Local businesses from Elizabeth and Newark, in addition to several quintessentially Jersey brands, represent the vast diversity of our state’s commercial sector.

“Overall, Terminal A will solidify our position as a hub for domestic and international travel, while providing a tremendous boost to our already burgeoning economy.”

Munich Airport International CEO Ralf Gaffal said: “We are proud of and excited about the new Terminal A’s commercial programme, which is a key element in creating a world-class customer experience. This terminal will offer a grand experience of the highest possible standard.”

Replacing the existing Terminal A, the new terminal will have a capacity for approximately 14 million passengers annually and 33 common-use gates.

Terminal A is the state’s largest design-build project, expected to generate more than US$4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 23,000 jobs and provide more than US$1.9 billion in wages.

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Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A

Feds OK plans to replace Newark airport’s aging monorail

By: Larry Higgs
On: 08/18/2021

The effort to replace Newark Liberty International Airport’s cantankerous 26-year-old monorail with a modern, more reliable AirTrain got a big boost from the Federal Aviation Administration, which green-lighted the plan.

Specifically, the FAA’s verdict determined the potential $2 billion project had no significant effect on the environment after reviewing an environmental assessment and rendering a decision on Aug. 13.

It also gives the Port Authority, which runs the three major metro area airports, approval to apply for federal Airport Improvement Program funding. It also allows for money gathered from the facilities charges that passengers pay to help fund the AirTrain.

The authority received 13 comments during public comment period between Feb. 11 to March 12, 2021 on the plan. The most critical comments questioned if a 2,200- foot walk between the proposed Station 3 to Terminal B would deter people from using the AirTrain, even if proposed moving sidewalks were installed.

“This plan is especially unfair to the elderly and the disabled, but anyone with bags will hesitate to use this new AirTrain given the long walk to Terminals B and C,” wrote one commentor, Brad Rusoff, in an email.

He also said the the current $10.75 combined AirTrain/NJ Transit fare from Newark Penn Station to the airport makes using a for hire vehicle more attractive.

“Add in the long walk to from the proposed AirTrain to the terminals and skipping the AirTrain will be a no brainer,” Rusoff said.

He and several other commenters suggested extending the AirTrain to Newark Penn Station instead. Others suggested expanding an existing plan to extend PATH between Newark Penn Station and Newark airport by having PATH serve airport terminals directly.

Port Authority officials responded that the project doesn’t preclude the ability to connect the Rail Link Station to the PATH system in the future, however the reply didn’t specify if that connection included PATH service to terminals or not.

The plan would replace the current monorail that has a capacity of 1,200 passengers per hour per direction. During some holidays, use surged to 1,370 passengers per hour, per direction, the study said.

A request for proposals for the new AirTrain is being worked on by four companies. It calls for a capacity of 2,000 passengers per hour per direction.

“The current AirTrain Newark has outlived its usefulness,” said Kevin O’Toole, Port Authority board of commissioners chairman. “Its replacement will create a new rail system that offers a 21st-century customer experience for airport visitors and employees, as we continue to reimagine and redevelop Newark Liberty Airport.”

Tentative plans call for keeping the current monorail running during construction of the new AirTrain, which will eventually serve the new Terminal One, which will replace Terminal A, and a future replacement for Terminal B. After completion in 2026, the old monorail system would be demolished.

The Authority hasn’t settled on what type of train or “automatic people mover” would be used of three options. Three likely technologies could be proposed by bidders: trains with steel wheels, trains with rubber tires, and trains that are cable propelled.

The environmental assessment examined an AirTrain with steel wheels because it had the most potential environmental impacts, the FAA said.

The FAA decision puts the agency closer to fulfilling a pledge Authority officials made to Gov. Phil Murphy in October 2019 when he called for a replacement of the monorail. Authority commissioners added the AirTrain to the agency’s 2017-2026 Capital Plan, during a reassessment of it in late 2019.

“This decision is a key step in replacing the long-outdated AirTrain,” said Governor Phil Murphy, in a statement. “New Jerseyans and travelers deserve a world-class transit system at Newark airport, and we are much closer to attaining that reality with the FAA’s latest action.”

The worst year for monorail reliability was 2017 when it had 220 “unscheduled service stoppages of 45 minutes or longer and 5 service interruptions where passengers had to be evacuated,” the study said.

The worst year for evacuations was 2016 when 11 service interruptions required passengers to be evacuated from the monorail, it said.

The FAA determined that the only source of air pollution that could result from the AirTrain operation is deploying supplemental busing to alleviate overcrowding on the existing monorail during construction of the replacement AirTrain.

The Authority started discussing the monorail’s replacement in 2015. Built for $354 million in 1996, it carried 33,000 people a day in 2019. The authority determined that replacing it would be more cost effective than rebuilding the existing system.

Plans call for construction of the AirTrain to begin in the first quarter of 2022, with testing of the new system in the first quarter of 2025.

Newark Airport Operator Picks Shortlist for $2.1 Billion AirTrain Project

By: Paul Berger
On: 05/05/2021
Wall Street Journal

Port Authority plans construction of new monorail system in 2022

The operator of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey said it has narrowed the number of competitors bidding to build and operate a $2.1 billion AirTrain. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport, on Wednesday invited four teams to bid on the 2.5-mile elevated monorail system that will replace the current train. The teams include Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc., Dragados USA Inc., Kiewit Infrastructure Co. and Tutor Perini Corp. The new AirTrain is part of a broader modernization of the airport at Newark, which served 47 million passengers annually before the coronavirus pandemic. The Port Authority expects to complete construction next year on a $2.7 billion replacement of the airport’s Terminal A, which will have an expansive arrivals and departures hall and capacity to serve 20% more passengers than the current terminal. Work is also under way on a new consolidated rental-car facility and parking garage. Planning for a replacement of Terminal B is expected to begin in the coming years. The AirTrain links the airport’s parking lots, rental-car facilities and three terminals with a train station that serves regional and intercity routes. The current AirTrain, which opened 25 years ago, is prone to frequent breakdowns and extended maintenance periods forcing passengers to use replacement bus service. “It should have been replaced quite a while ago,” Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said. “Our goal is to have a world-class 21st century AirTrain.” Before the coronavirus pandemic, the AirTrain carried, on average, about 33,000 daily riders. Air travel has been among the hardest-hit sectors of the transportation industry. Some in the airline industry say they believe passenger numbers won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024. Port Authority officials say passenger numbers at Newark as well as at its New York City airports, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports, were on average down more than 64% in March of this year compared with March 2019.

The Port Authority had hoped to begin construction of the AirTrain by early 2021, according to agency documents. Mr. Cotton said the process had been delayed, in part, by financial pressures caused by the pandemic. The bistate agency, which also runs the Path rail system that links New Jersey and New York, forecasts it will have lost a total $3 billion in revenues between March 2020 and March 2022. Agency officials say they expect to choose the winning bid for the AirTrain in the second quarter of next year.

Mr. Cotton said he aims to break ground around the middle of 2022 and to begin AirTrain operations in 2026. The AirTrain will be paid for, in part, using revenues from a $4.50 charge levied on passengers departing Newark airport. The Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates the use of such funds, is conducting an environmental review of the project.

The operator of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey said it has narrowed the number of competitors bidding to build and operate a $2.1 billion AirTrain.

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.

Touring New Terminal 1 At Newark Airport; $2.7 Billion Redevelopment

By: Thomas Pallini
On: 07/29/2020
Business Insider

The redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport is just the tip of the aviation iceberg for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Across Manhattan from LaGuardia and its $5.1 billion overhaul is Newark Liberty International, another airport in the Port Authority’s purview in the midst of a multi-billiondollar redevelopment. On the airport’s southwestern perimeter away from the main terminal complex sits the future site of a brand-new terminal that is slowly but surely nearing completion.

Terminal 1 is just the start of the $2.7 billion redevelopment that aims to upgrade New Jersey’s primary international gateway. The 33-gate structure will replace the airport’s Terminal A which, much like LaGuardia’s Terminal B, had fallen below standards for an airport of Newark’s importance and contributes to its poor perception among visitors.

Construction has been underway for just under two years, though the coronavirus pandemic had slightly delayed its completion, now estimated for late-2021. When the pandemic struck the Port Authority – including its executive director, Rick Cotton, who contracted the virus in March – the Newark project was among those that had to be adjusted to account for the implementation of needed safety features.

Business Insider was given a sneak peek during a tour with Cotton and other officials. Take a look inside what will soon become Terminal 1 at Newark Liberty International Airport.


Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.

Newark Airport’s new Terminal One is on track to open late next year

By: Larry Higgs
On: 07/28/2020

While the coronavirus has made Newark Liberty Airport a ghost town for travel, inside the new Terminal One, the pace is just the opposite as lots of work continues to progress since the final piece of steel was lowered in place last October.

The $2.7 billion replacement for the aging Terminal A is on-time and on-budget, and heading for a planned phase 1 opening in the last quarter of 2021, said Kevin O’Toole, the chairman of the board at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Now, officials are looking to the fall, racing to get the building fully enclosed so construction crews can keep working into and through the winter months, Rick Cotton, the agency’s executive director, said during a Monday tour.

“The goal is to be 60 percent complete by fall,” he said, while walking through the concrete, metal framing and glass structure. “The next goal is to have the curtain walls and glass completed by fall so the building will be weather tight and interior work can move along.”

Cotton and O’Toole also spoke about a bigger uncertainty. While they said Terminal One construction will be completed, other projects in the bi-state agency’s ambitions capital plan may never hit the drawing board without federal aid.

On May 13, the Port Authority asked the federal government for $3 billion in aid in the next coronavirus aid package, to offset revenue lost when coronavirus travel restrictions cut the legs out from under what had been record travel volumes in 2019. Airports and the PATH rail system saw ridership declines of over 95%.

Since then, officials have made members of Congress from other states “aware” of the Port Authority’s capital plan and the agency’s “demonstrated ability to build world class facilities and create thousands of jobs,” Cotton said.

“We want to be part of a strong economic recovery, but we have an estimated $3 billion shortfall,” he said

Port Authority officials have only talked in broad terms about from which projects could be cut from the bi-state agency’s ambitious $20 billion, 10-year capital plan, stopping short of identifying specific ones on the chopping block.

“We have look at every project,” Cotton said. “We’re committed to finishing Terminal One, but other projects that have not started construction, we have to analyze the impact of the revenue shortfall going forward.”

Summer saw air travel rebound from the rock bottom of a 97% drop to a 15% recovery, Cotton said. Recent decisions by the governors of New Jersey and New York to require travelers from 31 states with high levels of new Covid-19 cases to quarantine cut into to those gains, he said.

While the reduction is a consequence of the bi-state quarantine policy, Cotton said that was a “good public health policy.”

Meanwhile, projects that various groups have lobbied for are in jeopardy, including an expanded Port Authority Bus terminal, a new Newark Airport AirTrain to replace the aging monorail, PATH extension to the airport and the next phase of work on the George Washington Bridge after the ongoing $2 billion “Restore the George” projects.

Officials used similar economic arguments made by state Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti for supporting capital plans and toll increases to pay for them at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Construction work will create direct construction jobs and have a ripple effect for related businesses, helping a post COVID19 economic recovery, Cotton said.

And there are plenty of jobs being created at the airport, with close to $200 million going to New jersey based companies.

Terminal One has a way to go before it’s flight ready, but the building layout is in place.

When completed, Terminal One will have a total of 33 gates, able to serve airliners as large as the Boeing 777, said Huntley A. Lawrence, the authority’s aviation director.

Passengers enter a top floor ticketing hall and go through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints before descending on escalators or elevator banks to the larger central part of the terminal that houses gates, concessions, and restaurants – some that will have a distinctly Jersey flair.

That will include New Jersey scenes of different areas of the state and some “iconic New Jersey” food and beverage outlets, Cotton said. That is part of a new signature approach “not to have each airport have a cookie cutter” appearance,” he said, so travelers have a sense of place where they’ve arrived.

COVID-19 also had officials introduce more flexibility into the new terminal, meaning that flights can be assigned to any gate, regardless of airline, Lawrence said. The authority has temporarily closed parts of terminals as air traffic declined due to the coronavirus to save money.

The South and North Wings extend from the central part of the terminal.

But the larger North Wing has a very Jersey-centric view of one of Newark Airports main runways, plus the New Jersey Turnpike that parallels it, the Bayonne Bridge and the Port of Newark and Elizabeth. In the distance, travelers can see Manhattan.

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.

Newark Airport’s Terminal 1 Starts Spreading Its Wings

By: Aileen Cho and Debra K. Rubin
On: 07/01/2020
ENR Engineering News-Record

The COVID19 crisis has slowed global air travel to a virtual standstill in the last several months, but the impacts don’t seem to have halted momentum to complete a $2.7-billion state-of-the-art terminal aimed at raising the perennially low profile of Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., as well as helping propel some recovery for the New York-New Jersey region’s hard-hit economy.

Construction of Terminal 1—which airport owner Port Authority of New York and New Jersey started in 2018, and which continued as “essential” as other projects in the state shut down for more than two months—is set to deliver a 1-million-sq-ft facility and 33 new gates to replace the outmoded 47-year-old Terminal A, and create a needed 21st-century regional air hub.

“We never paused,” claims Ron Tutor, chairman and CEO of California-based contractor Tutor-Perini Corp., which in joint venture with Parsons Transportation Corp. won Terminal 1’s fixed-price design-build contract.

PANYNJ has said initially it intended to complete the terminal’s first 21 gates by “late” next year, with full operation by the end of 2022. but it remains unclear if those deadlines will hold post-virus.

Budget ‘Hole’?

Despite a very steep falloff in regional travel and commerce that executive director Rick Cotton said in May “blew a $3-billion hole” in PANYNJ revenue over the next two years, the agency has said funding for Terminal 1 is in place; it has not publicly announced funding changes or completion delays.

The project is the largest PANYNJ has ever done in New Jersey. Tutor says “it’s too soon” to comment on potential impacts to schedule or budget.

According to agency statistics, the airport employs about 21,000 people directly and contributes more than $27 billion in regional economic activity. PANYNJ says Terminal 1 will create an additional 23,000 jobs.

The new terminal will alleviate issues in Terminal A, which include too-tight areas for check-in, security and baggage claim, as well as space constraints on frontage roads. A new 3,000-car parking facility also will be built. Airline tenants in the new terminal have not yet been announced. Airlines now using Terminal A include American, JetBlue, Air Canada and Alaska.

Having some 40 months to deliver the first 21 gates is “a phenomenally short time frame,” says Michael Garz, senior vice president of team design firm STV. “We had to make significant decisions very early on.” Terminal A, which opened in 1973, was designed with a maximum capacity of 9 million passengers a year. Terminal 1 will handle 13.6 million annual travelers and could expand.

Terminal architect Grimshaw’s Mark Husser, project partner in charge, and Nikolas Dando-Haenisch, design manager, say its design emphasizes “clear lines of circulation and intuitive wayfinding, creating ease of movement in a naturally light, open and inviting environment.”

Common Use Approach

They also note a “central element” that is now emerging in aviation, “the common use approach of the facility.” Terminal 1 will allow for “interchangeability of check-in, processing, gate assignments and other aspects to allow for operational flexibility and adaptability as the industry addresses change,” say the executives.

While all three New York City regional airports are on tight sites compared with many others in the U.S., Terminal 1 was able to be located on space vacated by UPS and Postal Service facilities. Recent construction work has not had as much of an impact on day-to-day airport operations as at LaGuardia Airport in Queens N.Y., now undergoing an $8-billion upgrade of facilities and infrastructure while in use.

Specific protocols to address health and safety are currently under review to allow the terminal to reflect appropriate recommendations at the time of opening,” say Husser and Dando-Haenisch. The terminal will be built to a LEED Silver sustainability rating. According to STV’s Garz, the team completed the design within 18 months from the notice to proceed, accommodating an “evolution” in standards by the Port Authority.

Nigel Newton, New Jersey office manager for transportation at Parsons, says the major challenge “was executing a design-build contract surrounded by seven other design-bid-build contracts.” He says they all “had to coordinate regarding utility reconstruction, land availability and schedule.” But according to Newton, COVID-19 eased some aspects of work, “including building pipe connections between the new terminal and the central heating-cooling plant. The trench for the pipes had to be built through a parking lot, and reduced use of that lot helped accelerate our work.”

This job is in a wide-open area with no connections to any existing buildings,” says Tutor. “It makes our job easier.” He says COVID-19 work protocols and impacts caused some terminal subcontractors to stop work temporarily, but overall project work has not been interrupted.

Forward Spin

With about 800 workers on site, crews completed steel erection and have begun constructing a 1,000-ft-long bridge that spans the front facade of the new terminal as well as a pedestrian bridge that will connect to the new parking garage, says Tutor.

Terminal A’s current configuration, with gates clustered in a circle, has been an issue in airplane maneuverability.

At the new terminal, gates will be arrayed along three long wings, which also can provide more space for larger aircraft, such as Boeing 777s. The new terminal is designed with the option to expand to 45 gates. Other airside improvements include the addition of dual taxi-lanes to help planes travel faster to and from gates.

Hired last year to manage and operate Terminal 1 and run its concessions is well-known Munich Airport International, which Cotton said “allows us to deliver on that promise of operational excellence.”

Still on the PANYNJ drawing board is a new $2-billion whole airport monorail to replace the existing 23-year-old system. The agency’s current financial situation leaves its budget, scope and timing unclear.

How quickly regional air travel will return to the pace that triggered the need for Newark Airport’s expanded facilities also remains to be seen, as does the amount of federal funding that PANYNJ will receive to keep its ambitious capital investment program intact.
“If we don’t get federal aid, we’re going to be looking at every project,” Cotton said in May.

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.


By: Kathleen Lynn
On: 12/17/2019
NJ Monthly

Outdated, congested and inconvenient—that’s what they say about Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A.

And that’s not just travelers griping; that’s the view of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport.

The Port Authority’s solution: Replace the old terminal with Terminal One, a gleaming, 1-million-square-foot building now under construction just south of Terminal A. The price tag: $2.7 billion. Expected to open in two phases in late 2021 and late 2022, Terminal One is the Port Authority’s largest project ever in New Jersey.

“It will mean less stress for passengers as they get through the security checkpoints, and a whole host of options and amenities for them as they’re waiting for their flights,” says Huntley Lawrence, aviation director for the Port Authority.

Terminal One, along with plans for a Terminal Two to replace Terminal B, are part of a multibillion-dollar plan to modernize Newark and the region’s other airports. The investment, Port Authority officials say, is key to the area’s economic health.

“You have to be able to provide that transportation network for everybody who lives and works here,” says Catherine Cronin, program director for the Port Authority. “If you don’t, you will stagnate the overall economic growth of this area.”

What’s more, terminal design is significant because airports are the front door that offers visitors their first impression of a region—or, in the case of an international airport like Newark Liberty, an entire nation, says Hal Hayes, a New York architect and professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

“Sometimes terminals are utilitarian structures,” says Hayes. “What we’re beginning to see in the Port Authority airport construction is a larger appreciation of this building as a civic monument that serves a greater function than just processing passengers.” (Hayes is not involved in the Newark Liberty project.)

Terminal One will offer more traffic lanes at the drop-off and pickup points; security and check-in near the entrances, before most of the restaurants and shops; and greater flexibility in airlines’ use of arrival and departure gates, so planes that have landed aren’t stuck on the tarmac waiting for a gate to open up. 

“I think Terminal One will change a lot of people’s impressions of the airport,” says Rick Ardis, owner of Ardis Travel in East Rutherford. Those impressions aren’t great; Newark Liberty came in dead last in a recent J.D. Power ranking of customer satisfaction at 19 major North American airports.

Newark’s three existing terminals were constructed in the early 1970s, at a time when far fewer people took to the skies.

Air travel on U.S. airlines more than tripled between 1978 and 2018, growing from 275 million to 889 million trips, according to the airline industry group Airlines for America and the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics. 

“American airports, unfortunately, are bursting at the seams,” says Douglas Kidd, executive director of the National Association of Airline Passengers in Vienna, Virginia. “With as many people flying as there are today, airports built for a much lower number are increasingly inadequate.”

Terminal One is designed to serve the 13.6 million passengers expected by 2027, up from the 11.3 million served in 2017 at Terminal A.

While Newark Liberty’s problems are shared by other older airports around the nation, the challenge is tougher here. The New York metropolitan area is an international economic powerhouse and one of the most densely populated areas in the nation, but its three major airports are squeezed into undersized properties, with no room to spread their wings.

Put Newark Liberty, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia together, and they’d still cover less acreage than Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, while serving twice the number of passengers, according to Lawrence. 

“From a geographic standpoint, we’ve got very, very little real estate,” says Lawrence. “It behooves us to operate as efficiently as possible.” New technology at Terminal One will help reach that goal, for example, by allowing airlines to shift gates as needed.

Designed by the London-based architectural firm Grimshaw, the steel-and-glass Terminal One pays tribute to the design of the earlier three terminals, with a sweeping facade featuring wide expanses of tall windows. Inside, Grimshaw’s design aims for abundant natural light and open sight lines to “reduce the potential for confusion and stress,” says Nikolas Dando-Haenisch, project lead for Grimshaw.

Once departing passengers pass through security, they’ll come to an overlook point where they can survey the restaurant and retail outlets, as well as the paths to their gates, on the floor below. “We want to avoid the back-and-forth you have in some airports, where you’re rushing to the gate, and then you realize that everything you want to do is in the other direction,” says Dando-Haenisch.

The building will be environmentally friendly, with solar panels and low water use. It will be constructed to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standards.

The new terminal will be shaped roughly like a large triangle facing west, with two wings stretching to the north and south, and a third wing pointing east, toward the New Jersey Turnpike and the towering gantry cranes of Port Newark. From above, the building will look something like a futuristic aircraft, although it might remind some of a prehistoric bird.

Inside, the terminal will have two main levels: departures on the top and arrivals below, with a mezzanine for airport offices in between. Baggage claim will be on the ground floor.

Terminal One is being built south of Terminal A, on a site once occupied by UPS and U.S. Postal Service buildings. Working on a new site makes for an easier construction experience than what the Port Authority and passengers face at LaGuardia, which is undergoing a massive, $8 billion rebuild while in constant use.

The Terminal One project follows a $120 million upgrade a few years ago to Terminal C, the base of United Airlines, the dominant carrier at Newark Liberty. That renovation included a major upgrade in food service. The Terminal One plan also calls for new and better dining options than at Terminal A. The concessions at the new terminal, which will be operated by Munich Airport International, a subsidiary of Munich International Airport, will aim to include dining options with a Garden State twist. No restaurants have been announced yet.

The Port Authority has yet to determine which airlines will use Terminal One. Terminal A is now home to Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American and JetBlue.

The need for the airport update has long been evident, the result of two major events that transformed air travel. In 1978, the federal government deregulated the airline industry, which drew millions of new passengers by making flights more affordable.

And the 9/11 terror attacks created a need for tight screening of passengers and luggage, forcing airports to wedge workers, X-ray machines, conveyor belts and other security apparatus into spaces where nothing like that was ever envisioned. 

On a recent day at the sprawling Terminal One construction site, workers were busy smoothing out concrete with big rotating machines, bolting steel into place, stepping across a web of metal rebar waiting for a concrete pour, and performing dozens of other jobs. The soundtrack to their work mingled banging tools and screeching metal with the safety beeps of construction vehicles. To the east, planes glided onto the runways and vehicles streamed north and south on the Turnpike. 

Back at Terminal A, a check-in with flyers suggested they were unlikely to miss the old building, which they found kind of “meh.”

Melissa Stewart, a social work professor who had flown into Newark from Richmond, Virginia, said Terminal A was easy to navigate, but “very old and kind of out of date.”  

Ashley Allen, 19, a student from New York City, said the terminal was less appealing than other, more modern airports she had visited.  

“It just seems—I don’t know if dull is the word,” she mused while waiting for her flight to college in Columbia, South Carolina.

Ardis, the East Rutherford travel agent, believes that overall, Newark Airport is not as bad as people say—“People like to dump on New Jersey”—but agrees that Terminal A is overdue for replacement. Traveling through Terminal A can mean snaking your way through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint squeezed into a narrow hallway, he points out. Once you’ve gotten to your gate, the food and beverage options are skimpy.

The old terminal, he concludes, “is the worst of the bunch.”

The new Terminal One will address some of these issues by having check-in and security close to the front doors on the departures level. Once travelers get through that area, they’ll descend to a concourse level with many restaurant and retail choices, as well as the gates. This follows a trend at airports toward locating amenities beyond security checkpoints, where they are more useful to flyers.

“People try to get to the airport very early because there might be a long line at security,” says Seth Kaplan, an aviation analyst and journalist. “Now you’re beyond security an hour before the flight. That’s where you want to eat, where you want a place for your kids to play.”

Gates at terminal One will be shared among airlines, a potentially significant benefit. Currently, each airline controls designated gates and can’t use others. If, for example, a JetBlue flight is delayed at its gate, the JetBlue flight scheduled to arrive at that gate can’t get in.

At Terminal One, all the gates will be so-called common use, with computer systems available to any airline. That way, planes can be shifted to available gates, so passengers won’t be forced to wait at predetermined entry points. 

“Any of the airlines can connect to their software at any gate,” says Cronin. “You’re able to put whoever needs to be there where they need to be.”

Ardis applauds the change. “That will improve the experience of customers and relieve overcrowding,” he says.

Terminal One will have 33 gates and more space for larger aircraft, such as Boeing 777s, than Terminal A. The demolition of the old Terminal A satellites—long hallways leading to a cluster of gates in a circle—will create more space for planes to taxi. 

The new terminal is designed with the option to expand to 45 gates by extending its north wing to run alongside the old Terminal A headhouse, or main building.

Terminal One will be financed by user fees paid by airlines; ultimately, the cost will be passed to consumers. The Port Authority does not have an estimate of the price impact on each air ticket.

As part of the plan to upgrade the airport, the Port Authority in late October okayed $2 billion in funds to replace the 23-year-old AirTrain monorail, which connects the three terminals with parking and rental car lots, as well as the NJ Transit, PATH and Amtrak rail lines. The new monorail is scheduled to open in 2024. The Port Authority also is adding a six-level, 3,000-car parking garage and rental-car center nearby, as well as new access roads.  

The union representing 2,000 of the 10,000 workers at the airport, 32BJ Service Employees International Union, welcomes the new terminal. 

“It’s good for the airport and good for Newark and the tristate area,” says Kevin Brown, vice president of 32BJ, whose members include terminal and cabin cleaners, baggage handlers and wheelchair assistants. He’s concerned, however, that there might not be jobs at Terminal One for all the union workers now at Terminal A.

While it’s not clear how many union jobs will be retained at the new terminal, Lawrence says there will be more jobs overall, thanks to an increased number of stores and restaurants. The Port Authority recently approved a bump in the airport workers’ minimum wage to $15.60 an hour—the highest in the nation. The minimum will rise to $19 an hour in 2023. The union had fought for several years for that increase, which covers all workers at the airport, whether they belong to the union or not, and whether they’re employed by the airlines, the concessions or the Port Authority. 

Beyond the Terminal One project, the Port Authority has authorized spending $29 million to plan for Terminal Two, to replace the current Terminal B, which serves international flights. Terminal Two would be located west of the current Terminal B, on land now used for Terminal B parking. No timeline has been set for Terminal Two.

“We’re very, very focused on the next step for improving the experience at Newark airport,” says Lawrence. “World-class airports have world-class international terminals.” 

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A;  The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.


By: Kayla Rivas
On: 11/23/2019

Students from several New Jersey county vocational technical schools had firsthand experience with trades professionals through a new partnership with Port Authority New York and New Jersey.

Through a three-year agreement, the Port Authority will provide funding for the establishment of training programs in four of the county vocational-technical schools within the Port District: Essex, Union, Bergen and Middlesex.

On site at Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday morning were about 75 students and staff from Bergen County Technical School in Paramus, Essex County’s Donald Payne Technical School in Newark and Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools’ Perth Amboy Tech.

The Port Authority aims to build a qualified, diverse workforce and supports various initiatives like the pre-apprenticeship program, which provides necessary training and education to prepare workers for in-demand industry careers.

“As you tour the airport today, everything you see was built by men and women just like you,” Payne said, stressing the importance of the pre-apprenticeship program. “Everything from the cement in the runway, to the metal in the buildings, to the placement of the windows, it needed someone like you to put it there correctly and perfectly.”

“It’s a tremendous experience for the students to see some of these mega-construction sites and what’s involved in an infrastructure project,” said Judy Savage, the executive director of the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools.

Savage said the pre-apprenticeship program kicked off at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, with the trip to Newark Airport on Friday morning marking the first field trip for the program.

“You’re here today because a lot of people want to make an investment in all of you as the future workforce for New Jersey and particularly for the construction industry,” Savage told the students. “We are aligning programs in your schools with expectations of labor unions, contractors, engineers and project managers at Port Authority so you’ll be in a position if you choose to get one of those very coveted union jobs.”

Savage said Port Authority seeks to encourage women to go into construction and engineering, with the pre-apprenticeship program intended to ensure a solid pool of minority candidates in the pipeline for jobs.

“The work that you will be doing is equally important as any other profession out there. All work has dignity,” said Dr. Keith Wright, senior program manager of capacity building at the Port Authority.

Students and teachers then took a short bus trip to the Terminal One construction site.

“It’s amazing,” said Adrianna Maragh, student at Donald Payne School of Technology. “I like to see how they build it and how it all comes together.” Maragh and her classmate, Kiki Reyes, said they are both interested in pursuing carpentry.

Students learned that the 33-gate Terminal One will accommodate about 13.5 million air passengers each year when complete, which is approximately a 50% increase in capacity.

The project is the largest design-build project in the state and 800 workers were estimated to be working on site Friday morning. It is about 40% complete and officials are looking to open portions of Terminal One in October 2021, with a full opening in 2022.

While on site of the Terminal One project, vocational students heard from Conti Construction Project Manager Keith Abt and Project Superintendent Dave Bojczak, who spoke about the importance of safety on the job, showing up to work early, possessing a hard working, positive attitude and working through tough weather conditions.

“This is a really awesome opportunity Port Authority afforded you guys,” Bojczak said.

Abt said there is nothing more satisfying than having his kids walk by a site and say, ‘my dad built this’.”

As Maragh and her classmates headed back to the airport, John Dolan, the director of Career and Technology Education at Essex County School of Technology, told students, “there are tons and tons of opportunities not only now, but as you move forward through high school. Opportunities are abounding for you and if you have that skill or trade, you’re going to be in excellent shape. You will never be looking for a job, they’ll be looking for you.”

“The world is out there for you, you just have to know what’s out there so you can make an informed decision,” he said.

Additional vocational and technical students are expected to visit Newark Airport in early December.

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.


By: John Jordan
On: 10/24/2019

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy joined Port Authority of New York & New Jersey executives and elected officials on Wednesday at the topping out ceremony for a major phase of construction of the $2.7-billion Terminal One project.

The “Steel Topping Out” ceremony featured the placement of the final exterior steel beam atop the 1-million-square-foot frame of the brand-new terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director Rick Cotton, and Aviation Director Huntley A. Lawrence, as well as Aviation Program Director of Redevelopment Catherine Cronin, were on hand to mark the event. Others in attendance were New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, State Senator Teresa Ruiz, State Senator Joseph Cryan, local officials, union leaders and workers.

“A modern Newark Liberty International Airport is crucial to both the millions of passengers and tons of cargo that move through our state and to the economic vitality of our region,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Not only will Terminal One provide travelers with a fully functioning, 21st century air travel experience, additional investments in a modernized AirTrain and an all-new Terminal Two will make us more competitive on the world stage.”

“This structure is the first physical representation of the thoroughly modern terminal we are in the midst of building,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “Today is a celebration of achievement and pride, particularly for the trades workers who are creating what will be a world-class facility upon completion.”

The first phase of the project has employed nearly 300 onsite union workers a day, 33% of them ironworkers. The framework construction of Terminal One included the use of 10 cranes and 16,200 tons of steel fabrication to build the concourse and headhouse.

Once completed, Terminal One will feature cutting-edge digital technology and superior dining and retail options and a terminal 20 percent larger than Terminal A, the outmoded terminal it is designed to replace. Viewed as a “common use” terminal, all gates in the new terminal will be utilized by multiple carriers, which will increase flexibility and efficiency and optimize operations. The new terminal will accommodate an estimated 13.6 million passengers annually on three levels. A covered pedestrian bridge will provide direct terminal access for passengers using AirTrain Newark.

The new Terminal One was designed and is being built by Tutor Perini/Parsons with work being completed in phases to minimize customer inconvenience. Terminal One is scheduled to partially open with 21 gates in 2021 and be fully operational with an additional 12 gates by 2022. In July, the Port Authority reached an agreement with Munich Airport NJ LLC, a 100% subsidiary of internationally recognized airport operator Munich Airport International, to oversee operations, maintenance and concession functions once the new terminal is complete.

At its September Board meeting, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners included two key projects in its revised 2017-2026 Capital Plan for the complete redevelopment of Newark Liberty International: new funding for planning to replace the existing Terminal B with a new, 21st century, Terminal Two, and funding for an entirely new AirTrain Newark.

Last month, the Port Authority and its partner ConRac Solutions broke ground on a new parking facility that will complement the new terminal and service the entire airport. The new Consolidated Rent-A-Car facility will be constructed on a 19.31-acre site, with approximately 2,750 public parking spaces and 3,380 rental car spaces to support 10 rent-a-car brands.

Terminal One is expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 23,000 job years and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages.

Newark Liberty currently provides jobs for approximately 21,000 people directly employed at the airport. It contributes more than $27 billion in economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region and generates nearly 190,000 total jobs and more than $9 billion in annual wages.

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.


By: Jim Pytell
On: 10/23/2019

State and local officials joined Gov. Phil Murphy and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey today at a ceremony which saw the final steel beam placed on Newark Liberty International Airport’s (EWR) new state-of-the-art Terminal One.

Today marked just over one year since ground was broken on Terminal One, which will replace the outdated Terminal A at Newark Liberty, which opened in 1973. Terminal A was designed with a maximum capacity of nine million passengers a year, though it served more than 11 million fliers in 2017. In total, Newark Liberty handles about 45 million passengers per year.

Twenty one gates at Terminal One will open in 2021, with the terminal opening at full capacity the following year. Ultimately, it will feature 33 common-use gates to handle larger aircraft within one million square feet of terminal space, as well as state-of-the-art check-in, security, baggage claim areas and the completion of a new parking facility.

“When we sell New Jersey, we sell talent and location. Location is roads, bridges, rails tunnels, ports and airports – in particular [Newark Liberty International Airport],” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “I can’t tell you how much enthusiasm you get when you have a direct non-stop flight from Mumbai, Delhi, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt or Berlin – that matters. [Terminal One] is a huge step in the direction of a new and improved Newark Liberty that makes that case even more compelling. [Not to mention], Newark Liberty is increasingly the airport of choice for those who want to get to Manhattan.”

Terminal One is expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 23,000 job years and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages. The goal is to award certified Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises a significant portion of sub-contract, vendor and consulting work within the project.

Newark Liberty provides jobs for approximately 21,000 people directly employed at the airport. It contributes more than $27 billion in economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region and generates nearly 190,000 total jobs and more than $9 billion in annual wages.

Senate President Steve Sweeney added that he is also excited for plans to upgrade the airport’s Terminal B. “You are talking about $4 billion worth of investment to get Terminal One up, and then another $3 billion for another terminal. That’s a lot of jobs for iron workers, carpenters and laborers. The progress so far has been remarkable.”

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.


By: Ryan Hutchins
On: 07/16/2019

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Monday it had selected Munich Airport International to operate the new, $2.7 billion Terminal One now under construction at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The company, also known as MAI, will oversee operations, maintenance and concessions after the Port Authority opens the new terminal, which is slated for completion in 2022. The new facility will replace the outdated Terminal A, which straddles Newark and Elizabeth.

MAI’s parent company, Flughafen München, operates the award winning Munich International Airport, which was named “Europe’s Best Airport” in 12 of the past 14 years by Skytrax, the worldwide airline rating company.

“We wanted to bring a world leader in customer service and concession management to Newark Liberty, and MAI fits the bill,” Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole said in a statement. “New Jersey travelers deserve world-class service and the brand new Terminal One will improve the travel experience for Garden State residents and visitors
while creating new jobs and business opportunities in the region.”

MAI is also involved in a joint venture with Reach Airports that will manage the new Terminal One project at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Both projects are part of $28 billion in public and private investment planned for the Port Authority’s three major airports, which also include LaGuardia Airport.

The Port Authority is considering a proposal to build another new terminal at Newark Liberty that would replace Terminal B, and it expected to move ahead this year with a $2 billion replacement for the airport’s existing AirTrain.

“The Port Authority is committed to moving our airports from back of the pack to best-inclass facility standards and to a level of global best practices that our passengers demand,” Executive Director Rick Cotton said in a statement. “Our partnership with Munich Airport International allows us to deliver on our twin promises of operational
excellence and customer service based on global, 21st century standards.”

Newark Liberty is often rated as one of the worst airports in the country in terms of ontime performance and customer satisfaction.

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.


By: Joe Bates
On: 07/15/2019

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has reached agreement with Munich Airport International (MAI) to operate and maintain the $2.7 billion Terminal One now under construction at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

Munich Airport NJ LLC, a 100% owned subsidiary of MAI, will oversee operations, maintenance and concession functions once the terminal is completed.

Terminal One is replacing the outmoded Terminal A and is scheduled to be fully operational by 2022. The operator also will be making short-term customer enhancements in Terminal A until that terminal is closed.

Munich Airport, operated by MAI’s parent company Flughafen München GmbH (FMG), has been awarded the title ‘Europe’s Best Airport’ in its size category by Skytrax, which studies and ranks airports internationally, in 12 of the past 14 years.

In addition to the Newark project, MAI is involved locally with a joint venture (Reach Airports) that will manage the new Terminal One project at John F Kennedy International Airport.

“We wanted to bring a world leader in customer service and concession management to Newark Liberty, and MAI fits the bill,” said PANYNJ chairman, Kevin O’Toole.

New Jersey travelers deserve world-class service and the brand new Terminal One will improve the travel experience for Garden State residents and visitors while creating new jobs and business opportunities in the region.”

PANYNJ executive director, Rick Cotton, noted: “The Port Authority is committed to moving our airports from back of the pack to best-in-class facility standards and to a level of global best practices that our passengers demand.

“Our partnership with Munich Airport International allows us to deliver on our twin promises of operational excellence and customer service based on global, 21st century standards.”

While MAI’s managing director, Dr Ralf Gaffal, enthused:“We look forward to working with the Port Authority on this exciting project, and to bringing world-class operations, services and amenities to the new Terminal One.”

According to PANYNJ, Terminal One will feature cutting-edge digital technology and superior dining and retail options in about one million square feet of space, about 20% larger than Terminal A.

It will accommodate an estimated 13.6 million passengers annually on three levels.

In terms of facilities, the new terminal will have 33 common-use gates – five more than at Terminal A – to handle larger aircraft and modernised check-in, security and baggage claim areas.

Terminal One is the state’s largest design-build project, expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 23,000 job years and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages.

In addition to Terminal One, major Port Authority modernisation projects are under way at LaGuardia and John F Kennedy International airports, with the total investment in the three airports at about $28 billion through private and public financing sources.

The $8 billion construction of an entirely new LaGuardia Airport – the first new airport in the U.S. in 25 years – achieved a major milestone with the opening of its first new concourse in Terminal B last December, including light-filled and spacious gate areas, locally inspired dining and retail, and other modern amenities.

Work by Delta Air Lines on a new Terminal C to replace C and D is currently underway and is on schedule to open its first new concourse later this year.

In October 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $13 billion plan to transform the John F. Kennedy International Airport into a 21st century gateway, starting with two major new international terminals on the airport’s south and north sides that will add more than four million square feet of space and is expected to increase the airport’s capacity by at least 15 million passengers a year.

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.


By: David Hutter


Richard Schnurr, project engineer and senior program manager at the Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal One Redevelopment Program at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, detailed a $2.7 billion modernization project that started last year at the Newark airport.

The port authority operates the airport and is upgrading roads, buildings, and a parking garage. The project to replace Terminal One began in April 2018 and is scheduled to open partially in 2021 and open permanently in 2022.

Schnurr was a guest of the Meadowlands Convention and Visitors Bureau on Thursday for a program called Tourism Talks that was held at Hilton Hasbrouck Heights.

Schnurr started as an engineer in 1990 at the Port Authority. Newark saw two redevelopment projects between 1995 and 2005, he said.

“Whether we build new terminals, people are coming,” Schnurr said.

United Airlines operates 65 percent of passenger flights, JetBlue operates 4.8 percent of passenger flights, and American Airlines operates 4.6 percent of passenger flights at Newark airport, Schnurr said. This is why Newark needs Terminal One to be replaced.

“This growth presents a lot of challenges,” Schnurr said. “We have a lot of aging infrastructure. Our runways and taxiways need to be rehabilitated. There are projects with bridge rehabilitation.”

Newark airport opened in 1928 as an airmail facility. In 2018, the airport saw 46.1 million passengers across 110 gates and three terminals. The airport averages 1,200 flights per day, employs 22,000 people, and has three runways and covers 2,000 acres in Newark and Elizabeth, he said. It currently serves 50 airline carriers. Additionally, $33 billion in economic activity is supported through Newark airport transporting passengers, Schnurr said. It also offers an AirTrain to serve 30,000 passengers per day.

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.


By: Gabrielle Saulsbery


A new consolidated rent-a-car, or ConRAC facility, will be opening at Newark Liberty International Airport in 2023. Financing of the $500 million project was announced Wednesday by Washington-based Conrac Solutions.

The 2.7-million-square-foot facility will have 2,925 public parking spaces and 3,380 rental car spaces to support all 10 rent-a-car brands at Newark airport under one roof.

The new ConRAC facility provides fleet storage and enhanced security, and includes shared components including 15 car washes, 54 fueling positions, vacuum systems, waste management, and service bays. The project has a solar roof, LED efficient lighting, and water reclamation and air quality systems.

This is part of the $2.7 billion Terminal One Redevelopment Program, deployed by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to enhance customer travel experience and meet increasing and evolving travel demands.

The Terminal One Redevelopment Program is the largest design-build project in New Jersey history.

Groundbreaking for the ConRAC project is expected in May 2019, with completion of the public parking area in 2021 and the ConRAC in 2023.

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A


By: Kathy Lloyd

As part of its ongoing commitment to the local community in the development of the $2.7-billion Terminal One Redevelopment Program at Newark Liberty International Airport, the Port Authority, joined by local and state officials, opened an airport outreach office this week in Elizabeth.

Designed as a central resource for local job and contracting opportunities for the Terminal One project, the Elizabeth office will serve local residents and businesses while also focusing on communication and building stronger community engagement. Outreach staff also will assist in the recruitment of certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE), provide certification workshops and host job fairs.

The Elizabeth facility joins a growing network of community offices supporting major Port Authority redevelopment projects. Last month, an office opened in the city of Newark to support current and future Newark Liberty projects, and offices serving John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports and the Port Authority Bus Terminal also have opened in recent months.

“New Jersey’s diverse cities and urban centers provide a workforce and business community that is second to none,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “I applaud the Port Authority’s efforts to engage the people of Elizabeth during Terminal One’s development and construction, providing opportunities for small businesses and women- and minority-owned firms right in their own backyards.”

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.


By: Jessica Perry


A rendering of Newark Liberty International Airport’s new Terminal A, to be opened in 2021

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has opened a community outreach office in Newark in support of the ongoing $2.7 billion Terminal One construction project at Newark Liberty International Airport.

According to the agency, the office will allow residents and others to get in touch with agency staff, explore job or business opportunities, and obtain information on the project, which aims to replace legacy infrastructure.

A second office will eventually open in Elizabeth, as well.

“We are taking an unprecedented step to actively engage with those who live or work in the neighborhoods adjacent to our legacy facilities that are being or will be rebuilt,” Executive Director Rick Cotton said in a prepared statement. “We recognize these major construction projects impact the local communities that surround these facilities and we want economic activities from our projects to yield benefits to local communities.”

Cotton went on to say that the outreach center will aid the agency priority to further diversity and inclusion initiatives by connecting minority- and women-owned business enterprise contractors to available, project-related construction work.

The Authority said it handled 138 million passengers in 2018, marking almost four percent growth over the previous year’s record high.


Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A

Newark Liberty International Airport’s $2.7 billion Terminal One gets off the ground

By Curtis Tate

The Record

New Jersey’s top lawmakers joined top officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Wednesday to break ground on a new terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The $2.7 billion Terminal One project will give a modern look and a more efficient layout to the 43 million passengers who use the airport each year.

Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, said the project is the largest single investment the Port Authority has ever made in New Jersey.

“This is really a huge day for the state of New Jersey,” he said, before he and other dignitaries threw shovelfuls of ceremonial dirt.

Sweeney was joined by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex and Sen. Teresa Ruiz, D-Newark.

Note: Terminal One name changed to the New Terminal A; The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.

Groundbreaking Held New Terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport

WCBS 880

We’ve already heard about improvements planned for John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports, and now plans have been outlined for a new terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport.

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held at the airport on Wednesday, and WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell was there.

With its drab, dated décor and small bathrooms, even Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman Kevin O’Toole admits the existing terminal is a dump.

The new Terminal 1 will be about 20 percent larger with 33 gates. Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton thinks the difference will be night and day.

“The new terminal is going to be state of the art,” Cotton said. “It’s going to have the best possible security. It’s going to have improved passenger amenities and all of the efficiencies that airports have adopted.”

They are also adding 140 acres on the air side.

“There will be taxiway improvements also to improve the movement of planes,” Cotton said. “It is all designed to develop a much more efficient passenger-friendly operation.”

The $2.7 billion project should open in 2021.

Note: The new Terminal A grand opening is anticipated in 2022.

Newark Airport Getting New $2.7 Billion Terminal

By The Associated Press

NY Daily News

Newark Liberty International Airport’s smallest and most antiquated terminal is getting a major upgrade.

A $2.7 billion project at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey-operated facility will build a new terminal to replace 45-year-old Terminal A.

Aviation and public officials held a groundbreaking at the site Wednesday.

The terminal was designed to handle nine million passengers per year and currently sees 11 million. That’s about a quarter of the airport’s total yearly traffic.

The new terminal will feature several additional gates.

It’s expected to be fully opened by the end of 2022.

Similar large-scale redevelopment efforts are planned or underway at JFK and LaGuardia airports in New York City.

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