Construction starts on $2.7 billion Newark Airport Terminal A project

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Officials celebrated the start of a $2.7 billion project to upgrade Newark Liberty Airport’s Terminal A at an Oct. 8 groundbreaking ceremony.

The project is just one of several multibillion-dollar projects that will transform New York City area air travel over the next decade.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the new terminal is expected to be fully opened by the end of 2022, though some gates will be functioning by late 2021.

“Our New Jersey and New York airports must be 21st century gateways befitting the importance and stature of the metropolitan area,” Port Authority executive director Rick Cotton said.

Other Port Authority projects include:

  • An $8 billion redevelopment of LaGuardia, already underway, which includes $1.5 billion for a new rail link to midtown Manhattan;
  • A seven-year, $13 billion makeover of JFK Airport (see separate story);
  • An extension of PATH rail service from lower Manhattan to Newark Liberty, estimated at $1.6 billion; and
  • $30 million to expand Stewart International Airport, a smaller facility north of the city that has expanded service and seen significant passenger increases in recent years.

The Newark Terminal A project will demolish and pave over most of the existing terminal and build a new terminal to the south, on land formerly used for cargo and plane parking (a defunct post office also once stood on part of the site), according to published reports.

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