Newark Liberty International Airport, which celebrates its 90th birthday this year, is still growing. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently announced the groundbreaking of a new terminal, which will bring the ongoing Newark Airport construction project’s price tag to nearly $3 billion.
A Design Standard for the 21st Century
“As a powerful economic engine, the new Terminal One at Newark Liberty will set standards for 21st century terminal design, customer amenities and operations. It will create high-paying union construction jobs in the near term, while laying the groundwork for regional economic growth for generations,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
The Port Authority stated that its goal is to award certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises with a significant portion of the sub-contract, vendor and consulting work on the Newark Airport construction project.
Newark Airport Construction to Create Jobs and Economic Activity
The one-million-square-foot terminal is to be the centerpiece of Newark Airport’s modernization and redevelopment. Its construction is expected to:
- Generate more than $4 billion in regional economic activity
- Create more than 23,000 jobs
- Provide nearly $1.9 billion in wages
Currently, Newark Airport employs about 21,000 people and generates more than $27 billion in economic activity for the New York metropolitan region.
“New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure network plays a vital role in the continued growth of our state’s economy and this project will mean tens of thousands of high-paying construction jobs and a boost to the Garden State’s long-term economy,” said New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney.
New Terminal to Feature Amenities, Parking and More
The Newark Airport construction project will include major upgrades to its smallest and most antiquated terminal, including:
- A new aeronautical taxi-lane network
- Best-in-class retail options
- A 3,000 car parking garage
Public officials celebrated a groundbreaking in October at the future site of Terminal 1, which will replace the aging Terminal A. This Newark Airport construction project is tentatively scheduled to open in 2021. By the following year, the new Terminal 1 is expected to be fully operational with 33 gates. A covered pedestrian bridge will also be constructed to provide direct terminal access for those traveling on AirTrain Newark.
The Largest Design-Build in Jersey History
“The largest design-build project in the state’s history, the Terminal One project will overhaul the airport’s oldest terminal to better meet the growing needs and expectations of the modern traveler, and transform Newark Liberty International Airport into a world-class facility,” said New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.
The 45-year-old Terminal A served about 11 million passengers last year, or about one-quarter of the people who passed through Newark Airport. However, it was designed to only handle nine million passengers a year.
Newark Airport first opened on October 1, 1928. It was the first major airport in the metropolitan area. After 9/11, it was renamed Newark Liberty International Airport in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks.