Full complement of staff to handle approximately 6 million travelers at Port Authority airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH this Thanksgiving weekend; Link Q70 bus will provide free service to LaGuardia to encourage travelers to take mass transit to the airport.
The Port Authority anticipates a record of approximately 6 million Thanksgiving travelers will use its airports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system during the five-day holiday period, and has implemented several measures to accommodate the record volumes.
During the holiday weekend, from Wednesday, November 27, through Sunday, December 1, the Port Authority will provide a full complement of staff – customer service representatives at its major airports and police officers at all facilities and toll collectors at its tunnels and bridges to make the holiday trip as smooth as possible.
During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, nearly 1.8 million passengers will travel through John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International airports. That’s nearly 30,000 more passengers than were handled during the same weekend in 2018, which was a record for Thanksgiving travel.
About 788,500 passengers will use John F. Kennedy International, 585,100 will use Newark Liberty International, and 9,500 will use Stewart International Airport during the holiday period. Around 390,700 passengers will use LaGuardia Airport, approximately 12,000 more passengers than the previous holiday record at the airport set in 2018.
To mitigate traffic at LaGuardia due to the ongoing rebuilding of the new airport, the Port Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will offer free LaGuardia Link Q70 buses from Monday, November 25, through Tuesday, December 2. The service is designed to encourage travelers to use mass transit to and from the airport during the weekend. In addition to a full complement of customer service representatives, the Port Authority will assist air travelers at its airport Welcome Centers, which are located on the arrivals level of every terminal and provide information about ground transportation, hotels and other useful travel tips.
Real-Time Info for Air Travelers on Mobile-Friendly Websites
The agency also offers airport mobile-friendly websites for travelers to get real-time information on the following:
- Parking Availability (including pre-booking, which is strongly recommended)
- Security Wait Times for All Checkpoints
- Taxi Wait Times
- Walk Times to Gates
- Flight Tracker
Passengers should visit the following sites for airport-specific information:
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (www.jfkairport.com)
- LaGuardia Airport (www.lgairport.com)
- Newark Liberty International Airport (www.newarkairport)
- New York Stewart Airport (www.swfny.com)
The Port Authority also offers AirTrain service to both JFK and Newark Liberty airports. AirTrain JFK connects to New York City mass transit via stations at Jamaica and Howard Beach. AirTrain Newark connects to Amtrak and NJ Transit via the Northeast Corridor line.
Tunnels, Bridges and Terminals
Approximately 3.4 million vehicles are forecast to use Port Authority bridges and tunnels during the Thanksgiving holiday period. The agency will cancel all non-emergency construction work for the five-day holiday weekend at the George Washington Bridge, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels, and the Staten Island crossings from 5 a.m. Wednesday, November 27, through 5 a.m. Monday, December 2. For more information on the agency’s tunnels and bridges, call the “Customer Connection” line at 800-221-9903 or visit www.panynj.gov.
At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the agency expects passenger traffic to be heavier than usual on Wednesday, November 27, and encourages customers to allow extra travel time to make their bus connections and to purchase tickets in advance if possible.
Approximately 630,000 passengers are forecast to use the PATH rail system during the Thanksgiving holiday period. PATH will operate additional service prior to the evening peak period on Wednesday, November 27, to accommodate commuters leaving early for the holiday weekend. On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, PATH service will operate on a Saturday schedule. On Friday, November 29, PATH service will operate every 10 minutes during the daytime and evening hours on all PATH lines. On the November 30-December 1 weekend, PATH will operate normal weekend service and PATH’s World Trade Center Station will be open.
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