Just days before the expected opening of Newark Liberty International Airport’s $2.7 billion Terminal A, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Dec. 5 the opening is being pushed back until next month.
The new Terminal, as reported by NJBIZ, was unveiled last month during a ceremony steeped with pomp-and-circumstance and originally slated to open Dec. 8 with 21 of its 33 gates operational.
United Airlines, JetBlue, Air Canada and American Airlines are slated to operate there immediately, joined by Delta Air Lines sometime later in 2023.
“While we had targeted the start of passenger operations at Newark’s new Terminal A for Dec. 8, the fire alarm and security systems have yet to pass their final tests,” Thomas Pietrykoski, director of corporate communications for the Port Authority, told NJBIZ in a statement.
Take a look
Click here to see a sneak peek of Newark Liberty International Airport’s $2.7 billion Terminal A.
The new terminal features roughly 1 million square feet of space with state-of-the-art amenities, digital technology, larger gates with more kiosks, the latest security checkpoints, and much more.
One of the most distinctive features of the new terminal are the Jersey-centric details throughout.
“Today’s unveiling of Terminal A marks the culmination of the largest infrastructure project I have had the honor of overseeing during my administration, as well as the realization of our vision for a state founded upon sound infrastructure and fueled by economic activity,” Gov. Phil Murphy said during the Nov. 15 event. “From uniquely New Jersey concessions to innovative public art installations and world-class facilities, Terminal A is revolutionizing travel in a state that has always been – and always will be – a model for the rest of the nation to follow.”
At a press gaggle following that ribbon cutting, officials were hopeful about the Dec. 8 opening.
In its statement, the Port Authority did not give an exact target date for the new opening, but was optimistic it would be next month.
“We expect these issues to be resolved shortly,” said Pietrykoski. “In response to concerns by airlines about operating a brand-new facility during the peak holiday travel period, the Port Authority will open the new Terminal A to the public in early January.”
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