New York – Leaders of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and numerous elected officials celebrated Newark Liberty International Airport’s (EWR) rich 90-year history by turning their sights to the future, highlighting the development of the airport’s new Terminal One. The new facility will provide a world-class experience for fliers with the replacement of the outdated Terminal A.

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole and Executive Director Rick Cotton, joined by state and local officeholders including Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin at the site of the terminal construction at Newark Liberty, praised the project as a vital Port Authority investment in the state and region’s economy and transportation infrastructure. The current Terminal A, which opened in 1973, was designed with a maximum capacity of nine million passengers a year. It served more than 11 million fliers in 2017 and is functionally obsolete.

Terminal One, in its initial year of full operation by 2022, will be able to accommodate 13.6 million passengers on three levels – with the potential for further expansion – and 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 and baggage claim areas.

“The Port Authority is committed to its core mission of improving safe travel within the region and beyond, improving our economy and enhancing the passenger experience,” said O’Toole. “The new Terminal One will help achieve that goal by providing first-class customer amenities for tourists, business travelers and recreational travelers who use Newark Liberty in the future.”

Newark Airport opened on October 1, 1928 as the first major airport in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area. Newark was the first airport in the country with paved runways and an air traffic control tower, and the second with a terminal building. After 9/11, the airport was renamed Newark Liberty International Airport to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks.

Work on Terminal One will be phased to minimize customer inconvenience. The terminal is scheduled for a partial opening with 21 gates ready for use in 2021, as well as the completion of a new parking facility.  By 2022, the new Terminal One is expected to be fully operational with the addition of 12 more gates. A covered pedestrian bridge will provide direct terminal access for passengers using AirTrain Newark.

Through a fixed-cost, design-build contract that will incentivize innovative ideas and transfer project delivery risk to the private sector, the new terminal will be designed and built by Tutor Perini/Parsons, a fully integrated joint venture between Tutor Perini Corporation and Parsons Transportation Group Inc. Plans call for the goal of achieving a LEED Silver rating, with sustainable building materials that include solar panels to help power the facility.

The new terminal will address the shortcomings of the current antiquated facility, which includes cramped areas for check-in, security and baggage claim, as well space constraints on frontage roads. Designed as a “common use” terminal, all gates in the new terminal will be utilized by multiple carriers, which will increase flexibility and efficiency, and optimize operations.

Airside improvements for planes entering and exiting gates at the new Terminal One are also in the plans, including a new aeronautical taxi-lane network to increase efficiency in operations. Addition of dual taxi-lanes, a project to be done in conjunction with the terminal work, also will help get planes to and from gates faster.

Best-in-class retail options will be offered, with more shops and restaurants post-security compared with the current terminal’s retail – much of which is located before the security area. Retail outlets and restaurants are expected to include the best of the New Jersey and the metropolitan area’s offerings, along with some farm-fresh and local products.

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit