$8 billion upgrade on way as records number flock through JFK and other airports

‘Come fly with me’ could be the catchphrase of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as over 117 million passengers used its five airports last year. While the trio of John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia are traditionally bundled together for airport returns, the figures also include Stewart International and Atlantic City International airports.

Jets line up at JFK Airport

Jets line up at JFK Airport Image by Mark Fischer / CC BY 2.0

A massive 53.2 million people flew through JFK, and LaGuardia set a best ever mark with 26.9 million passengers going through its gates.

Newark Liberty was also in a record-breaking mood with 11.7 million international passengers arriving and departing from the New Jersey base in 2014, Travel Pulse newsite reports. With such a spike in numbers, the Authority’s decision to pump in over $8 billion under a modernisation plan seems to be money well spent. The Director of the Port Authority Executive Pat Foye described the airports as “major economic engines for the region”.

Experts believe that every one million passengers equates to the creation of 4,000 jobs and up to $700 million boost to the economy. Taking into account that numbers were up last year over 2013 by three million passengers, the growth in traffic translates in 12,000 new jobs and over $2 billion of an injection in fiscal activity.

Even better news was the fact that the increase in international travellers was at 6% while internal growth was 1.5 %. It means that 75.2 million US passengers went through one of the five airports while almost 42 million international passengers used the facilities in a record breaking year.

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