Today marked the opening of Newark Liberty International Airport’s new Terminal A, a $2.7 billion project that has been in the works for more than four years.
Housing 33 gates and 20% larger than the previous terminal which originally opened in 1973, it is the largest design-build project in New Jersey history.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning, words such as: new, modern, bright, comfortable, expressive and extraordinary were used to describe the new terminal – expository language that frequent flyers likely haven’t used in some time – if ever – to describe the state’s largest airport and one of the most heavily trafficked in the US.
The airlines that will have gates at the new Terminal A include: United Airlines, Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta, and JetBlue Airways.
“In every corner, Terminal A honors our history, and it looks to our future,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at the ribbon-cutting.
The new terminal features state-of-the-art passenger amenities, walls filled with artwork from local artists, digital technology, and dining and retail options provided by 60 regional, national and global brands, including six retailers from Newark, Elizabeth, and Jersey City.
The terminal features approximately 1 million square feet of space with a modernized common-use check-in area, security, and baggage claim areas, and is expected to handle an estimated 13.6 million passengers a year. In addition to the new terminal, the $3.3 billion Newark Liberty redevelopment program also includes a $400 million integrated public parking garage with new centralized rental car facilities, and $175 million for south airfield paving.
Terminal A is expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 2,500 jobs and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages. As of June 2022, the Terminal A program had awarded 94 sub-contracts to minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) totaling more than $686 million and $213 million for 92 sub-contracts to New Jersey firms.
“Newark Airport’s new Terminal A is a world-class 21st century marvel, with cutting edge check-in, security, and touchless e-gate technology. Public art, iconic concessions and highly original digital displays also create an unmistakable New Jersey sense of place,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “The new Terminal A at Newark is a shining example of the Port Authority’s commitment to build inspiring and appealing world-class transportation facilities for the region.”
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