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Port Authority airports set passenger records in 2013

NEW YORK - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced that its commercial airports set an all-time record in 2013 with an estimated 111.6 million total passengers, surpassing the previous mark set in 2007 by more than 1.5 million passengers.

The new record is one of several aviation records set in 2013 at the agency’s airports.

Three other passenger records fell last year: John F. Kennedy International Airport set new annual records for most passengers, with approximately 50 million, and most international passengers, with approximately 26 million, while LaGuardia Airport set a new annual record for most annual international passengers, with approximately 1.6 million passengers. 

“While the effects of the recession linger for far too many people, we are pleased at the continued growth in passengers at our airports, which means great news on a host of related fronts, but especially for direct and indirect job creation, and our regional economy,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.

 “These numbers illustrate the importance of our continued investments to deliver the improvements our passengers demand, including rebuilt runways and high-speed taxiways to alleviate congestion and delays, and terminal improvements to ease travel for our customers,” said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deborah Gramiccioni.

The combined impact of aviation operations, capital spending and tourism generated by the Port Authority’s airports today results in approximately 450,000 jobs and $63 billion dollars in economic activity.

The numbers set forth in this release are estimates based on projected final totals. Final passenger numbers are being finalized. The overall numbers include estimated 2013 passenger totals for Kennedy, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Stewart International airports. Beginning in 2014, regional totals will include Atlantic City International Airport, which the Port Authority began managing in mid-2013.