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Port Authority Airports Set New Record During First Half of 2017 With More Than 63.5 Million Passengers

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Newark Liberty International is more than 7 percent ahead of last year’s record passenger volume pace, while John F. Kennedy International is up nearly 1.5 percent

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s airports – the world’s busiest aviation network – are on pace to reach a fifth consecutive annual record for passenger levels, jumping 2.4 percent with nearly 63.6 million travelers in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period last year.


Benefiting from last fall’s relaxation of federal hourly flight limits, Newark Liberty International Airport served a record 20.9 million passengers between January and June, representing a robust 7.2-percent spike over the first six months of 2016. Fliers got a major bonus from the additional flights: Average round-trip tickets dropped 13.2 percent in the year’s first quarter with increased competition as new carriers entered the market.Keeping its longstanding position as the nation’s leading airport in international passenger traffic with continued strong growth in international travel, John F. Kennedy International Airport also set a first-half-year record with more than 28.5 million total passengers, up 1.4 percent compared to the first six months of 2016. JFK also had strong growth in international cargo volume – which represents 82 percent of the airport’s total – from January to June 2017, with a 6.7 percent gain in tonnage over the same period a year earlier.

LaGuardia Airport posted the second highest first-half-year numbers in its history with slightly more than 14 million passengers from January to June 2017. International travel to Canada and the Caribbean posted a 16.7 percent gain through the first half of 2017, compared with the same period in 2016. The airport handled this significant passenger volume with major, ongoing construction work that will create a brand new, unified airport in the coming years.


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