State and local officials joined Gov. Phil Murphy and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey today at a ceremony which saw the final steel beam placed on Newark Liberty International Airport’s (EWR) new state-of-the-art Terminal One.
Today marked just over one year since ground was broken on Terminal One, which will replace the outdated Terminal A at Newark Liberty, which opened in 1973. Terminal A was designed with a maximum capacity of nine million passengers a year, though it served more than 11 million fliers in 2017. In total, Newark Liberty handles about 45 million passengers per year.
Twenty one gates at Terminal One will open in 2021, with the terminal opening at full capacity the following year. Ultimately, it will feature 33 common-use gates to handle larger aircraft within one million square feet of terminal space, as well as state-of-the-art check-in, security, baggage claim areas and the completion of a new parking facility.
“When we sell New Jersey, we sell talent and location. Location is roads, bridges, rails tunnels, ports and airports – in particular [Newark Liberty International Airport],” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “I can’t tell you how much enthusiasm you get when you have a direct non-stop flight from Mumbai, Delhi, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt or Berlin – that matters. [Terminal One] is a huge step in the direction of a new and improved Newark Liberty that makes that case even more compelling. [Not to mention], Newark Liberty is increasingly the airport of choice for those who want to get to Manhattan.”
Terminal One is expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 23,000 job years and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages. The goal is to award certified Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises a significant portion of sub-contract, vendor and consulting work within the project.
Newark Liberty provides jobs for approximately 21,000 people directly employed at the airport. It contributes more than $27 billion in economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region and generates nearly 190,000 total jobs and more than $9 billion in annual wages.
Senate President Steve Sweeney added that he is also excited for plans to upgrade the airport’s Terminal B. “You are talking about $4 billion worth of investment to get Terminal One up, and then another $3 billion for another terminal. That’s a lot of jobs for iron workers, carpenters and laborers. The progress so far has been remarkable.”
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