If you've traveled through NYC's three major airports in the past year, you know they're busy—but in 2015, they were busier than ever. JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark all set records last year, according to numbers released by the Port Authority, with 124.2 million passengers traveling through the three facilities. That's a six percent increase over 2014, generating $80 billion in revenue and making this the "busiest airport system in the Americas."
Each airport broke records, too. JFK saw 26.8 million domestic passengers and 30 million international passengers. Newark set a new record for domestic passengers of 25.7 million and LaGuardia set a new record for total passengers at 28.4 million. LaGuardia set a separate record for domestic passengers of 26.7 million, the separate numbers worth noting due to the limited number of international flights at LaGuardia.
All of this comes amid efforts to modernize the oft-maligned airports. The Port Authority is working on a decade-long $8 billion initiative while Governors Cuomo's plan to revitalize LaGuardia (which would include a rail connection) would cost $4 billion. JFK is set to get a dedicated terminal for animals, and the TWA Flight Center will be turned into a hotel, to open sometime in the next few years. At EWR, other improvements are underway.
· Behold, the First Glimpse of a Revamped LaGuardia Airport [Curbed]
· JFK's Pet Terminal Will Feature Horse Showers, 'Poo Chute' [Curbed]
· JFK Airport Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the High Line [Curbed]
· All Port Authority coverage [Curbed]