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Seven additional gates open at Newark Liberty’s Terminal A


Seven additional gates opened at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A today marking another significant milestone the new $2.7 billion facility.

The new gates will be used by United Airlines and JetBlue and opened as part of the second phase development of the new terminal, following the unveiling of more concession and retail offerings over the past five days.

Terminal A initially opened earlier this year with 21 out of 33 gates in operation. With the opening of these new gates, both airlines now have access to their full allocation within the new terminal.

The remaining five gates will become operational over the next 60 days with the transition of Delta Air Lines from Terminal B to the new Terminal A.

“The opening of Terminal A at Newark Liberty is a historic project representing the agency’s largest ever single investment in New Jersey,” said Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ)  chairman, Kevin O’Toole.

“These openings mark an exciting milestone in our vision of delivering state-of-the-art terminals at the airport.”

“We are committed to creating world-class airports for our region, is driving a $30 billion investment in transforming the region’s airports into a network of modern, state-of-the art gateways,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton.

“As we near the completion of the second phase of construction in Terminal A, we are excited for passengers to experience the entire terminal’s world-class customer amenities.”

While Michael Kunz, CEO of Munich Airport NJ LLC, which operates Terminal A, enthused: “The new Terminal A has been an amazing experience in collaboration with the industry leaders sharing the same common goal of meeting travel demand and providing a world-class travel experience to passengers flying out of Newark Liberty International Airport.

“We are confident the addition of new gates, food and retail concessions are also poised for success as they prepare to serve a projected nearly 14 million passengers this year.”

Six additional concessions also opened: Jersey Mike’s; Law Coffee, a Newark, N.J.-based coffee roaster; the Ink bookstore; Boardwalk; the contactless retailer Nonstop by Hudson, and an additional New Jersey Monthly location offering local goods in the arrivals hall.

Once fully open, Terminal A will host a total of 55 food and retail options from locally owned and operated concessionaires from Newark, Elizabeth, and Jersey City, and regional, national and global brands.

Last month, United Airlines opened a United Club location as the first of three airline lounges to open in the new Terminal A. The two other clubs at Terminal A – the American Airlines Admirals Club, and the Delta Air Lines Sky Club – will open later this quarter.

Airlines currently operating in Newark Liberty’s Terminal A include Air Canada, American, JetBlue, and United.

The new Terminal A replaced the previous outmoded terminal that had opened in 1973. The new 33-gate facility features state-of-the-art digital technology, modern passenger amenities, and superior dining and retail options.

In addition to offering an innovative public art programme showcasing 29 local artists, Terminal A has been designed and constructed to achieve LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The next phase of the Port Authority’s ongoing transformation of Newark Liberty International Airport will be developed through the work of a world-class airport master planner selected by the agency last year.

PANYNJ is also committed to building a brand-new AirTrain Newark system, which is integral to modernising and improving Newark Liberty.

The AirTrain started operating in 1996 and is now outdated. It carries an average of 26,000 passengers per day or nearly 10 million passengers per year.

It connects to the Northeast Corridor Rail Link Station and provides customers and employees with the ability to transfer among terminals, parking lots and rental car facilities.

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