Newark Airport’s New Terminal Project Passes Major Milestone

Peter Haskell
October 23, 2019 - 3:48 pm
Gov. Murphy Newark Airport

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NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) — A multibillion project to replace one of Newark Liberty International Airport’s three terminals passed a major milestone on Wednesday.

As WBCS 880’s Peter Haskell reports, steelworkers raised the final steel beam for the exterior of the airport’s Terminal A – renamed Terminal 1 – as New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and other officials watched.

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O'Toole says the new 1 million-square foot facility will be easier to navigate.

“This will be a state of the art facility. And, you can tell by the enormity of this. It just is so much larger than Terminal A,” he said.

The new terminal increases capacity and improves amenities at an airport which typically ranks near the bottom on surveys regarding passenger satisfaction and on-time performance.

Aviation Director Huntley Lawrence thinks fliers will take notice.

“Everything from the curb, going through the ticketing process and through security will be significantly transformed, but most importantly, improved,” Lawrence said.

Twenty-one of the terminal's 33 gates will open in 2021 and 12 more will open in 2022.

Newark Liberty handles about 45 million passengers per year. Its operator, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, also is upgrading New York's JFK and LaGuardia airports.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)