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PORT AUTHORITY CELEBRATES FIRST FLIGHTS IN AND OUT OF NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT’S NEW TERMINAL A

Jan. 12, 2023

New $2.7 Billion Terminal A is Officially Open for Operations

State-of-the-Art 1 Million Square Foot, 33-Gate Terminal ─ the Largest Design-Build Project in New Jersey History ─ Boasts 21st Century Technology, Inspiring Public Art, and World-Renowned Retailers and Locally Inspired Concessions

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced the operational opening of the $2.7 billion new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport, representing the largest single investment in New Jersey in the agency’s history.

The new Terminal A, which replaces an outmoded terminal that first opened in 1973, features state-of-the-art passenger amenities, local artwork, digital technology and dining and retail options provided by nearly 60 regional, national and global brands, including six retailers from Newark, Elizabeth, and Jersey City. The terminal features approximately 1 million square feet of space and offers 33 gates to handle larger aircraft, as well as a modernized common-use check-in area, security and baggage claim areas expected to efficiently handle an estimated 13.6 million passengers a year. In addition to the new terminal, the $3.3 billion Newark Liberty redevelopment program also includes a $400 million integrated public parking garage with new centralized rental car facilities, and $175 million for south airfield paving.

“It is my honor to unveil to the world the largest single investment in New Jersey in the Port Authority’s history, as well as the most considerable infrastructure investment I have had the privilege of overseeing during my administration,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “Since Day One, I have championed transformative upgrades to our pivotal transportation network, which connects New Jerseyans not just to our American and global neighbors, but to the economic opportunities afforded by these crucial relationships and exchanges. Every visitor to Newark Liberty will enter a facility that is operationally efficient, visually appealing, and – most importantly – quintessentially Jersey.”

“Newark Liberty’s new Terminal A will serve as a stunning showcase of the art, history and cuisine of the Garden State,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “This new terminal reflects the best of our region, and with monthly air passenger levels across the agency’s regional airports at record highs, the operational opening of this beautiful new terminal could not have come at a better time.”

“The first airport operations out of the world-class Terminal A mark a truly historic milestone for Newark Liberty,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “This is an important step forward in our vision to transform the airport into a state-of-the-art gateway to the world. We are committed to continue elevating the passenger experience by building modern, 21st century facilities like this terminal, delivering superior amenities and a real new Jersey sense of place.”

“The long-awaited upgrade of Terminal A is a major modernization and a place where all can enjoy before or even after a flight,” said Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage. “I was proud to be there welcoming flyers coming off the first arrival and into Elizabeth. Passengers can now walk through the new terminal and see local references, from art to shopping, and of course a place to stay in our hotels. Elizabeth is prepared to show the millions of travelers that will visit annually, what this City has to offer.” 

“When it was opened in 1928, Newark Airport was the first such facility in the tri-state area, which made it a pioneering and cutting-edge facility from the start,” said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “Nearly 100 years later, Newark Liberty International Airport is still a pioneering and cutting-edge facility, offering worldwide flights, world-class amenities, and first-rate customer service. Today’s opening of Terminal A will add to that proud tradition of excellence and provide jobs and career opportunities for Newark residents. I congratulate the Port Authority and its entire team on this achievement.” 

“My team at Munich Airport NJ LLC and I are very proud of the launch of this innovative, passenger-focused terminal,” said Jost Lammers, CEO of Munich Airport. “Terminal A is a genuine commitment to New Jersey and also represents a new, unique kind of airport experience. I look forward to passengers exploring the thoughtful sense of place presented through exceptional food and beverage offerings, artwork and immersive technology.”

Travelers are greeted by inspiring public art as they move through the new terminal, which showcases the work of 29 local artists with unique art installations that support the Port Authority’s vision for a transformative customer experience offering a distinctive New Jersey sense of place. Complementing the comprehensive public art program is an immersive digital journey, created by multimedia studio Moment Factory, that showcases the Garden State’s renowned landmarks, art, and innovations through a series of permanent large-scale multimedia installations. 

In this first phase, 21 gates will be utilized by Air Canada, American Airlines, jetBlue and United Airlines with the remaining 12 gates scheduled to become operational later this year. Additionally, Delta Air Lines will move its operations in the second phase. 

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

Terminal A is expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 2,500 jobs and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages. As of June 2022, the Terminal A program had awarded 94 sub-contracts to minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) totaling more than $686 million and $213 million for 92 sub-contracts to New Jersey firms.

Newark Liberty currently provides jobs for approximately 19,250 people directly employed at the airport. It contributes more than $29.3 billion in annual economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region, supporting more than 128,000 total jobs and nearly $10.8 billion in annual wages.

ABOUT NEWARK LIBERTY REDEVELOPMENTThe recently completed Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport is the centerpiece of an airport-wide renaissance designed to establish as a world-class gateway for the New Jersey and New York region. The next phase of this transformation will be developed through the work of a recently selected world-renowned airport master planner.

The Port Authority is also committed to building a brand-new AirTrain Newark system, which is an integral part of modernizing and improving Newark Liberty. The current system, which is reaching the end of its useful life, carries on average 26,000 passengers per day or nearly 10 million passengers per year. It provides access to the Northeast Corridor Rail Link Station and provides customers and employees with the ability to transfer between terminals, parking lots and rental car facilities.

Additional information on the new Terminal A (here) and photos of the new terminal are available (here). For additional information and travel tips, visit the airport’s website (here).

Visit www.anewEWR.com for information regarding the new AirTrain Newark Replacement Program and redevelopment projects.

 


STATEMENT FROM THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY

Jan. 5, 2023

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today released the following statement from Director of Corporate Communications Thomas Pietrykoski:

“The Port Authority is pleased to announce that the first flights in and out of Newark Liberty’s new, world-class Terminal A will commence on January 12th. We look forward to welcoming passengers to this magnificent, state-of-the-art facility, where they will enjoy best-in-class functionality, inspiring public art, delicious local concessions, and a transformative experience from curb to gate.”

For new Terminal A Travel Tips, click here.


PORT AUTHORITY ADVANCES COMMITMENT TO BUILDING NEW WORLD-CLASS, 21st CENTURY AIRTRAIN AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Agency Issues Request for Qualifications for the Replacement of the AirTrain Newark System

Dec. 8, 2022

As part of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s ongoing commitment to modernizing Newark Liberty International Airport, the agency issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) today for the replacement of the AirTrain Newark system with a new 2.5-mile elevated guideway train system.

The first phase, part of a multi-phase procurement process, includes the design and construction of the new AirTrain’s system technology, and the operations and maintenance of the components necessary for a fully functional, world-class AirTrain. Also included in the first phase are the furnishing, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of the system technology.

The systems technology Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued to the shortlisted proposers in first quarter of 2023.

“Debuted in 1996, the existing system has become outmoded and unreliable over the years, and we want to ensure that the new system provides a high level of service that our airport customers and employees deserve,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “The first phase of the procurement process is a critical step in advancing our commitment to delivering a new system designed to provide best-in-class standards for reliability, comfort, and convenience using 21st century technology.”

“We are committed to building a brand-new AirTrain Newark system, which is an integral part of modernizing and improving Newark Airport,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton.  “A new rail link – which is a perfect complement to the new world-class Terminal A – will enhance the travel experience with seamless connections and quick access to the airport, as well as the new parking garage and consolidated rental car facility.”

AirTrain Newark, which is reaching the end of its useful life, is a critical component of the operation of Newark Liberty International Airport. The current system carries on average 26,000 passengers per day or nearly 10 million passengers per year. It provides access to the Northeast Corridor Rail Link Station and provides customers and employees with the ability to transfer between terminals, parking lots and rental car facilities.

Additional procurement phases in the AirTrain Newark Replacement Program may include, but are not limited to, the following separate contract packages:

  • Early works packages
  • Design package
  • 2.5-mile elevated guideway structure and three stations including back of house areas
  • Maintenance and control facility for the system technology equipment
  • Pedestrian connections from stations to existing airport facilities

ABOUT NEWARK LIBERTY REDEVELOPMENT

The recently completed Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport is the centerpiece of an airport-wide renaissance designed to establish as a world-class gateway for the New Jersey and New York region. The next phase of this transformation will be developed through the work of a recently selected world-class airport master planner.

The $2.7 billion investment for a new Terminal A represents the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s largest-ever design-build project in the state of New Jersey. The new Terminal A replaces the outmoded existing terminal that first opened in 1973. The 33-gate facility features state-of-the-art digital technology, modern passenger amenities, and superior dining and retail options offered by nearly 60 regional, national, and global brands. Newark, Elizabeth, and Jersey City retailers are among the locally owned and operated concessionaires. The retail and food/beverage offerings will be tailored to the needs and requirements of domestic passengers.

The terminal has approximately 1 million square feet of space and will be able to handle larger aircraft with modernized common-use check-in, security, and baggage claim areas that can efficiently serve 13.6 million passengers a year. A new integrated parking facility with approximately 2,700 public parking spaces and consolidated car rental location directly connects to the New Terminal A via a climate-controlled pedestrian bridge. The multi-level garage is designed to be naturally ventilated and will provide convenient public parking and access to car rental companies all centralized at one location. The parking facility is expected to open by the end of the year and will feature innovative technology to allow travelers to enter and exit quickly and hassle-free.

Additional information on the new Terminal A here and photos of the new terminal are available here.

Please visit www.anewEWR.com for information regarding the new AirTrain Newark Replacement Program and redevelopment projects. For additional details about the RFQ, click here.

 


GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY, PORT AUTHORITY LEADERS, STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS CELEBRATE NEW $2.7 BILLION TERMINAL A AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

On November 15, 2022

At 1 Million Square Feet, State-of-the-Art Terminal with 33 Gates Represents Largest Design-Build Project in New Jersey History and Most Significant Infrastructure Project Completed During Murphy Administration

Comprehensive Public Art Program Features Unique Installations Supporting Port Authority’s Vision of a Transformative, World-Class Customer Experience and a New Jersey Sense of Place

New Terminal A Expected to Generate More Than $4.6B in Regional Economic Activity, Create More Than 2,500 Jobs and Provide More Than $1.9B in Wages

Next Phase of Newark Liberty’s Transformation Will Be Developed by Recently Selected World-Class Airport Master Planner

Photos of New Terminal Available Here

Governor Phil Murphy joined Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director Rick Cotton, airport stakeholders, and New Jersey elected officials today to celebrate the opening of the new Terminal A, the centerpiece of an airport-wide renaissance designed to establish Newark Liberty International Airport as a world-class gateway for the New Jersey and New York region. The new terminal represents the largest design-build project in New Jersey history and testifies to Governor Murphy’s ongoing commitment to critical infrastructure and transportation projects that will benefit New Jerseyans for generations to come.

The $2.7 billion terminal, which will replace an outmoded Terminal A that first opened in 1973,  features state-of-the-art passenger amenities, dazzling artwork, digital technology and dining and retail options provided by 60 regional, national and global brands, including six retailers from Newark, Elizabeth, and Jersey City. The terminal features approximately 1 million square feet of space and offers 33 gates to handle larger aircraft, as well as a modernized common-use check-in area, security and baggage claim areas expected to efficiently handle an estimated 13.6 million passengers a year. In addition to the new terminal, the $3.3 billion Newark Liberty redevelopment program also includes a $400 million integrated public parking garage with new centralized rental car facilities, and $175 million for south airfield paving.

“Today’s unveiling of Terminal A marks the culmination of the largest infrastructure project I have had the honor of overseeing during my administration, as well as the realization of our vision for a state founded upon sound infrastructure and fueled by economic opportunity,” said Governor Murphy. “From uniquely New Jersey concessions to innovative public art installations and world-class facilities, Terminal A is revolutionizing travel in a state that has always been – and always will be – a model for the rest of the nation to follow. Just as importantly, while Terminal A’s transformation solidifies Newark Liberty’s status as a regional and international transportation hub, it will also spur billions of dollars in economic activity and generate the good-paying jobs upon which our communities depend.”

“Today, we celebrate the much-anticipated grand opening of Newark Liberty International Airport’s newly redeveloped Terminal A, which will provide travelers with a safer, more comfortable, and more welcoming gateway to our great state. It will not be just a holding chamber for the millions of travelers who annually fly through the airport, but rather a truly captivating experience for all ages, from the art installations to the modern technology to the state-of-the-art facilities,” said First Lady Tammy Murphy. “Terminal A will also be a place of opportunity for the minority and women-owned businesses that will call the Terminal their home, and the thousands of additional jobs generated from its opening. I am excited to know that all traveling through Terminal A will experience the best of the best that New Jersey has to offer.”

“Newark Liberty serves a vital role in the region’s economy, and we are committed to enhancing the passenger experience by transforming the airport into one of the premier airports in the world,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “This is New Jersey’s largest design-build project, creating opportunities within the local community that is resulting in thousands of jobs to deliver a world-class facility.”

“Newark Airport’s new Terminal A is a world-class 21st century marvel, with cutting edge check-in, security, and touchless e-gate technology. Public art, iconic concessions and highly original digital displays also create an unmistakable New Jersey sense of place,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “The new Terminal A at Newark is a shining example of the Port Authority’s commitment to build inspiring and appealing world-class transportation facilities for the region.”

“The cornerstone of this terminal is the strong team work between the Port Authority and the team of experts from Germany’s premium hub”, Munich Airport CEO Jost Lammers states. “Our legacy as Europe’s first 5-Star Airport will be the guiding principle for this Terminal. We congratulate the Port Authority to this outstanding infrastructure project. We are opening an airport terminal that will set new standards in the US and global airport world. The Port Authority together with Munich Airport have created an infrastructure facility that will incorporate a unique Passenger Experience. It will be a benchmark of the entire American airport industry.”

Terminal A is expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 2,500 jobs and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages. As of June 2022, the Terminal A program had awarded 94 sub-contracts to minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) totaling more than $686 million and $213 million  for 92 sub-contracts to New Jersey firms.

In addition to the recruitment of certified MWBEs, the Port Authority maintained its commitment to keep the host communities engaged and informed by offering more than 500 events since the introduction of the community outreach offices four years ago. Programming included resources and training for the local business community, as well as a series of job readiness workshops and job fairs. The EWR redevelopment programs community outreach teams, both in Newark and Elizabeth, have engaged and informed more than 2,100 local businesses offering information on the Terminal A program.

Newark Liberty currently provides jobs for approximately 19,250 people directly employed at the airport. It contributes more than $29.3 billion in annual economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region, supporting more than 128,000 total jobs and nearly $10.8 billion in annual wages.

Port Authority partnered with Xovis, a global leader in 3D sensors and software, to equip the new terminal with state-of-the-art technology to meet the passenger needs of the modern era. Xovis sensor technology will be employed at check-in and security, smart restrooms, waypoints, and departure gate doors – all to help reduce wait times, increase overall efficiency of operations, and improve the customer experience.

Inspiring public art will greet passengers as they move through the new terminal, which showcases the work of 29 local artists with unique art installations that support the Port Authority’s vision for a transformative customer experience offering a distinctive New Jersey sense of place. Complementing the comprehensive public art program is an immersive digital journey, created by multimedia studio Moment Factory, that captivates passengers with the Garden State’s renowned landmarks, art, and innovations through a series of permanent large-scale multimedia installations.

In keeping with the Port Authority’s sustainability goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities by 80 percent by 2050, the new terminal features a variety of sustainable design initiatives including integral solar panels on the curbside glass canopy and roof of the integrated parking structure, new electric buses to support shuttle operations, water-efficient fixtures, a “cool roof,” and energy-efficient indoor lighting and controls.

The new terminal also includes many family-friendly amenities to enhance the overall customer experience. Inspired by many of New Jersey’s greats — Thomas Edison, Bruce Springsteen, Carl Lewis, Patrick Ewing — the children’s play areas are also themed by music and arts, science, and sports. In keeping with the beautiful landscapes of New Jersey, the bathrooms are designed with various themes such as the woodland theme of the Garden State, the coastal shores, as well as the metropolitan chic. Terminal A features a variety of seating to accommodate the needs of today’s passengers that are versatile including tandem and soft seating, lounges, benches, and workstations equipped with charging stations in various areas.

The reimagined EWR Terminal A includes a cutting edge, digital media program designed in partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor’s airport division. Locally based New Jersey brands, with global and national recognition, including Audible, Rutgers University and Atlantic Health System, are the first advertisers to enter this new airport media space where they will reach millions of passengers annually leveraging the latest in digital and printed display technology.

Today’s opening ceremony advances the Port Authority’s vision to transform Newark Liberty into a world class gateway for the New Jersey/New York region. The next phase of this transformation will be developed through the work of a recently selected world-class airport master planner.

The new Terminal A was designed and built by Tutor Perini/Parsons, with work completed in phases to minimize customer inconvenience. After completion of a series of system tests, 21 gates will open later this month and the remaining 12 gates will be fully operational in 2023. Internationally recognized airport operator Munich Airport NJ will oversee operations, maintenance and concession functions.

For more information and images regarding the Terminal A project, please visit the airport’s webpage at https://www.ewrredevelopment.com.

Download the online press kit with image gallery here.


PORT AUTHORITY COMMEMORATES LOCAL HERO WITH STREET NAMING AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

On November 16, 2022

Roadway in Front of New Terminal A to be Named in Honor of the Late Tuskegee Airman, Colonel Lawrence E. Roberts

A new roadway servicing the new world-class Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport will be named Col. Roberts Road in honor of New Jersey native Colonel Lawrence E. Roberts, who was a member of the renowned Tuskegee Airmen program, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced at an event today.

The tribute to Roberts was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring a presentation by Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole to members of the Roberts family, including his daughter, ABC’s “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts.

“As the Port Authority moves forward in reimagining this airport, we have a commitment to building on the rich history of this state and its people,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “Naming this street after New Jersey-born Colonel Roberts pays tribute to his achievements, bravery and contributions that not only impacted our communities but shaped our nation’s history.”

“Colonel Roberts lived a full, rich life dedicated to serving others and our great nation,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “With an estimated 13.6 million passengers a year expected to travel through this new terminal, immortalizing his contributions by dedicating this street to him is a testament to his great legacy.”

“We knew it was only appropriate to have this new access road named in honor of someone who gave so much not only to aviation, but to our state and our country,” said James Gill, the Port Authority’s general manager of New Jersey airports.

Born and raised not far from Newark Liberty in Vauxhall, N.J., on Dec. 9, 1922, Roberts dreamed of flying. In 1943, the future airman entered the United States Army Air Corps at Keesler Air Force Base and was later assigned to the Tuskegee Airmen program in 1944. He dedicated 32 years to military service.

Beyond his service as a Tuskegee Airman, Roberts was an aviation and civic pioneer who fought for civil rights and desegregation. He was instrumental in convincing U.S. President Harry Truman to desegregate the U.S. military in 1948 and helped to inspire the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Married to Lucimarian Tolliver Roberts for 57 years, they had four children: Lawrence E. Roberts III, Sally-Ann Roberts Nabonne, Dorothy Roberts, and Robin Roberts. He was also an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Roberts attended Howard University, received his bachelor’s from Morningside College, and earned a master’s degree from the Tuskegee Institute. He also received numerous accolades for his bravery, including 18 service medals and awards over his storied career, as well as several posthumous awards.

ABOUT NEWARK LIBERTY’S NEW TERMINAL A

The $2.7 billion investment for a new Terminal A represents the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s largest-ever design-build project in the state of New Jersey. The new Terminal A replaces the outmoded existing terminal that first opened in 1973.  The 33-gate facility features state-of-the-art digital technology, modern passenger amenities, and superior dining and retail options offered by nearly 60 regional, national, and global brands. Newark, Elizabeth, and Jersey City retailers are among the locally owned and operated concessionaires. The retail and food/beverage offerings will be tailored to the needs and requirements of domestic passengers (lineup here).

The terminal has approximately 1 million square feet of space and will be able to handle larger aircraft with modernized common-use check-in, security, and baggage claim areas that can efficiently serve 13.6 million passengers a year. A new integrated parking facility with approximately 2,700 public parking spaces and consolidated car rental location directly connects to the New Terminal A via a climate-controlled pedestrian bridge. The multi-level garage is designed to be naturally ventilated and will provide convenient public parking and access to car rental companies all centralized at one location. The parking facility is expected to open by the end of the year and will feature innovative technology to allow travelers to enter and exit quickly and hassle-free.

Additional information on the new Terminal A here and photos of the new terminal are available here.


29 LOCAL ARTISTS COMMISSIONED TO SHOWCASE WORK IN NEW TERMINAL A AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

On November 14, 2022

Unique Art Installations Support Port Authority’s Vision for a Transformative Customer Experience and a New Jersey Sense of Place for Brand New Terminal A

Comprehensive Public Art Program Part of $2.7 Billion Transformation of Terminal A into a World-Class, State-of-the-Art Facility with 21st-Century Technology and Locally Inspired Concessions

A Full List of the Artists Can be Found Here

As part of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s $2.7 billion redevelopment program at Newark Liberty International Airport, the new Terminal A will showcase the work of 29 local artists with unique art installations to create a transformative customer experience offering a distinctive New Jersey sense of place, the agency announced today.

The innovative public art program supports the Port Authority’s overall vision and plan to transform the customer experience across all its facilities, including Newark Liberty, through inspirational public art, operational excellence, 21st century technology and world-class functionality. The goal of the art program is to transform the terminal into a civic space and artistic center that reflects the creativity, innovation, and diversity of New Jersey and the region.

“Unprecedented in its magnitude and potential impact, Port Authority’s transformation of Terminal A will result in a space that is quintessentially New Jersey,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “The new public art installations on display at Terminal A emphasize that Newark Liberty is not just a driver of regional economic activity, but an internationally recognized landmark within a culturally rich and inclusive landscape. There’s no better way to emphasize the value of such diversity and cultural exchange than by showcasing the work of local artists who represent the very best our state has to offer in terms of talent, innovation, and vision.”

“The newly redeveloped Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport will amplify the best of New Jersey,” said First Lady Tammy Murphy. “Not only will the upgraded and expanded systems and facilities be more efficient in keeping with our innovation ecosystem, but the breadth and depth of New Jersey innovation, arts, history and culture will be on display welcoming millions of travelers annually and showcasing our diverse and inclusive state.”

“Since project inception, we have been committed to the inclusion of the local community into this project,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “Installing regional art by local artists is a way that we can promote local connections to New Jersey and this new terminal while highlighting the rich diversity of this great state.”

“We want our airports not only to provide best-in-class 21st century functionality, but also to be inspiring and appealing as travelers move through them,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “Public art installations by local artists have become a signature feature of Port Authority airports not only to uplift, but also in the case of Terminal A, to provide a New Jersey sense of place.”

“The community-driven art in the terminal stands as an expression of the commitment of both the Port Authority and Munich Airport International to identify and elevate the talent of local artists to amplify a unique passenger experience,” said Lutz Weisser and Lorenzo Di Loreto, Munich Airport International Group’s managing directors. “Not only is this a way to support local artists by providing a space to showcase their works, but it also gives travelers a New Jersey sense of place.

Anchoring the new Terminal A’s comprehensive art program are two ambitious permanent public art installations created by artists Layqa Nuna Yawar and Karyn Olivier. Spanning the public spaces of the new arrivals and departures halls, the new site-specific installations pay homage to the vitality, unique history, architecture, people, and character of New Jersey.

Working closely with the leadership of the Port Authority and terminal operator Munich Airport NJ, Public Art Fund invited a select group of artists to develop site-specific proposals for original permanent commissions in the new arrivals and departures halls that capture the essence of New Jersey. After a thorough evaluation of all proposals by a panel that included the EWR Terminal A Art Advisory Council — comprised of members of the statewide arts community and led by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (Arts Council) — Layqa Nuna Yawar and Karyn Olivier were awarded the permanent commissions.

“When a major new airport terminal not only brilliantly serves its function but also captures the unique spirit of a place, it becomes a truly civic space,” said Nicholas Baume, Artistic & Executive Director of Public Art Fund. “Newark Liberty International Airport’s new Terminal A thoughtfully achieves this with its two spectacular site-specific permanent commissions by Karyn Olivier and Layqa Nuna Yawar.”

Complementing the two large permanent installations are 27 works by local artists — eight of whom are from Newark and Elizabeth. Their artwork will be displayed in the digital welcome banner spanning the departures area, along with artists and photographers whose work will be rotating throughout the terminal.

For these rotating installations, the EWR Terminal A Art Advisory Council proactively reached out to New Jersey artists for submissions in several categories: digital, photography, and diptych. During a six-month process, the committee reviewed the candidates and based their selections primarily on the artwork, the artist’s New Jersey roots, and connection to the cities of Newark and Elizabeth. The Advisory Council presented their selections to the Port Authority and Munich Airport NJ for final decision.

“At the NJ State Council on the Arts, we believe public art is central to community and cultural identity,” said Danielle Bursk, Director of Community Partnerships & Artist Services and Chair of the Arts Council. “Our partnership with The Port Authority of NY and NJ at Newark Liberty Airport provides an invaluable international platform for local artists to showcase their work, while also celebrating the vast and diverse stories and communities throughout New Jersey and the region. We’re honored to provide more opportunities for millions of people to have meaningful arts experiences as part of their everyday lives.”

An additional permanent installation by Talley Fisher of Bellefonte, Pa., is located at the pedestrian bridge connecting the new Terminal A with the new garage and rental car parking facility. Inspired by the ocean adjacent to New Jersey, Fisher’s art installation is a series of sculptures comprised of abstract water elements floating over the heads of those traversing the pedestrian bridge.

The Port Authority and Munich also contracted with Moment Factory — a multimedia studio specializing in video, lighting, architecture, sound, and special effects for immersive environments — on digital installations throughout the terminal. Located at the heart of the terminal, the “Forest of Firsts” is a display of New Jersey-centric multimedia pylons celebrating the Garden State’s firsts in multiple areas of human accomplishment, including science, literature, energy, and film innovations. Additional installations include the welcome banner, a large format “NJ” sculpture, and the digital pylons in the passenger holdrooms. New Jersey-centric themes can also be found throughout the terminal, such as New Jersey Road Trip; Location, Location, Location; A Warm New Jersey Welcome; and True New Jerseyans.

The artists’ installations will be unveiled with the opening of the new Terminal A this week.

Redeveloping Newark Liberty

The art installations are part of the Port Authority’s vision to transform Newark Liberty into a world class gateway for the New Jersey/New York region. The next phase of this transformation will be developed through the work of the recently selected world-class airport master planner to develop a vision plan for future redevelopment of the airport.

In addition to the replacement of Terminal A, the $2.7 billion Terminal Redevelopment Program at Newark Liberty International Airport includes associated roadway and airside improvements and a new parking garage.

Once completed, the new 1 million square foot terminal will be 20 percent larger than the existing Terminal A, the outmoded terminal it will replace. Designed 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 to the public parking garage and the new centralized rental car facilities.

The new Terminal A 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. As of June 2022, the Terminal A program had awarded 94 sub-contracts to minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) totaling more than $1 billion and 92 sub-contracts to New Jersey firms for $213 million.

Newark Liberty currently provides jobs for approximately 19,250 people directly employed at the airport. It contributes more than $29.3 billion in annual economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region, supporting more than 128,000 total jobs and nearly $10.8 billion in annual wages.


PORT AUTHORITY INTRODUCES WORLD-CLASS CONCESSIONS LINEUP FOR THE NEW $2.7 BILLION TERMINAL A AT NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

On May 23, 2022

New Terminal Will Showcase Nearly 60 Regional, National and Global Brands

Newark and Elizabeth Retailers Among the Locally Owned and Operated Concessions

Part of Major Newark Liberty Redevelopment, Including New AirTrain and Parking/Rental Car Facility

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced a world-class roster of regional, national, and global businesses that will be bringing their distinctive brands to the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), which is in its final stages of development and expected to open later this year.

Notable New Jersey-based brands — including Jersey Mike’s, Smokehouse BBQ, Office Tavern & Grill, New Jersey Monthly, Playa Bowls, and W.B. Law Coffee — have signed agreements to operate in the new 1-million-square foot terminal. The Port Authority also has invested $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.

Located in the terminal’s main hall, these locally owned and operated stores – The Black Home, Tonnie’s Minis, Artist Pop Shop, GWER Gelato, and Bold Newark Black Owned Local Designs — will offer unique goods and items, from souvenirs and artwork to baked goods and gelato.

Nationally recognizable brands such as Starbucks, Shake Shack, Bluestone Lane, and Hugo Boss also have signed agreements to operate in the terminal.

“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,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “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.”

“The new terminal will offer a combination of global and national brands as well as local concepts that create a real sense of place and pride in the state of New Jersey,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “We’re committed to delivering exceptional services and amenities to travelers while helping to support the local economy.”

“The Port Authority is committed to world-class quality and appeal but with an emphasis on local standout New Jersey food and retail brands,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “This is a significant part of our vision of a world-class facility offering passengers the opportunity to sample local favorites and national brands.”

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

“We are excited about the new Terminal A and the career opportunities and experiences it will offer to our residents and visitors,” said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “The inclusion of local small businesses in the terminal is vital and it is progress that we can all be proud of. I congratulate the Port Authority on ensuring that Newark Liberty International Airport continues to be among the world’s leaders.”

Munich Airport NJ LLC, a subsidiary of Munich Airport in Germany and manager of the current EWR Terminal A, will be responsible for airport operations, maintenance, and concession management services at the new Terminal A. For more on the new Terminal A, link here.

Once completed, the new terminal will be a modern, state-of-the art facility and will replace the existing Terminal A, which has outlived its useful time. The new terminal has a design capacity for approximately 14 million passengers annually and 33 common-use gates, providing generous space for a smooth journey through the building from curbside through check-in, security, gate hold rooms, and baggage claim.

The retail and food/beverage offerings will be tailored to the needs and requirements of domestic passengers. Connecting to the new Terminal A will be consolidated rent-a-car facility (ConRAC), which will accommodate numerous rental car agencies at one convenient location at the south end of the airport.

To accommodate future passenger growth at Newark Liberty, the Port Authority has also embarked on other major transformational capital projects, such as the construction of a $2.05-billion new AirTrain Newark system that will be a 2.5-mile elevated train system to replace one that has outlived its useful life.

Terminal A 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 jobs and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages.