New York Airports Neared Record Passenger Levels in 2012

By Jack Phillips On February 21, 2013 @ 3:11 pm In New York City | No Comments

NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with space shuttle Enterprise mounted atop flies up the Hudson River past the New York City skyline April 27, 2012 on its way to John F. Kennedy International Airport. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/GettyImages)

NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with space shuttle Enterprise mounted atop flies up the Hudson River past the New York City skyline April 27, 2012 on its way to John F. Kennedy International Airport. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/GettyImages)

NEW YORK—The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) on Thursday said that its four airports saw a 3.3 percent increase in passengers in 2012 over the previous year, noting a growth of “four times the national average” and near-record high numbers. 

In all, 109.4 million people used John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Stewart International Airport in 2012, according to the PANYNJ. The 3.3 percent jump represents an increase of 3.5 million passengers from 2011 to 2012.

JFK set its all-time record with 49.9 million passengers last year, while both JFK and EWR netted a record 37.7 million international passengers last year. 

LGA saw a 6.6 percent increase from 2011 to 2012, accommodating some 25.7 million passengers. The increase was in part due to expanded services offered by both Delta Airlines and JetBlue Airways.

“Last year’s totals came despite the effects of Superstorm Sandy and its unprecedented tidal surges, which forced closures of LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and JFK airports and the cancellation of thousands of flights,” the PANYNJ reported.

The agency added that the damage done by Sandy was mitigated because, “Round-the-clock efforts by Port Authority aviation staff to remove water and repair damaged equipment led to a quick resumption of normal flight operations at all the airports within days of the storm, lessening the overall impact on fliers.”

The airline industry also experienced passenger increases despite a 3.5 percent hike on domestic ticket fares.

United Airlines provided the most passengers, Delta was second, JetBlue ranked third, American Airlines was fourth, and U.S. Airways was fifth, according to the PANYNJ.

The agency reported that it will continue to invest more into the region’s four airports in 2013.

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