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JFK Has Busiest Year For NYC Area Ever!

Wed Mar 02, 2005 6:57 am

This is for my old pal STT757,

Air passenger traffic set a new record of 93,861,671 travelers at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports in 2004, an increase of more than 12 percent over the 2003 total.

The previous annual record of 92,419,554 passengers was set in 2000.

In 2004, 37.5 million passengers passed through Kennedy Airport, representing an 18 percent increase over 2003 and making it the fastest-growing airport in the region and one of the fastest-growing airports in the nation.
Newark Airport saw an 8.3 percent increase, with 31.9 million passengers in 2004.
LaGuardia Airport had 24.4 million passengers in 2004, an increase of 8.7 percent.

The 12.2-percent increase in passengers at JFK, Newark and LaGuardia was nearly two times the average rate of other major airports in the United States. Domestic passenger levels in 2004 were 3.1-percent higher than pre-9/11 levels. International traffic, which increased 15 percent in 2004, is expected to exceed pre-9/11 levels in 2005.


Pleased to see things getting back to normal in the NYC area!
 
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RE: JFK Has Busiest Year For NYC Area Ever!

Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:59 am

The realities have more broader ramifications, the LCCs have been doing good and the legacies doing bad since 9-11. Those broader facts have more to do with JFK's up swing than anything although the "hippness" of B6 and the severe economic problems of DL and AA have helped, B6 has been able to grow without the usual anti-competitive responses from AA and DL.

JFK is experiencing the "Southwest effect", which helped under performing airports like Manchester, BWI and Chicago Midway become BOOM towns.

CO however is still the dominant NYC airline, serving 17 Million annual passengers almost all through EWR. JFK's dominant carrier (B6) is at 8 million annual passengers, AA's total NYC passenger traffic (EWR, LGA, JFK) is 14 Million.

I was at JFK on Sunday, all the construction is a huge improvement and it looks great. However it's still funny that of the three largest destinations for airtravel from NYC (LA #1, Chicago #2, FLL/MIA #3) Chicago gets less service from JFK (37 Million passengers in '04) than Portland ME.
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RE: JFK Has Busiest Year For NYC Area Ever!

Wed Mar 02, 2005 10:27 am

This doesn't surprise me at all, and is quite nice to hear. I'm pretty sure that much of the increase has much to do with LCC's such as B6 at JFK and LGA, Song, AirTran, Spirit Airlines just to name a few. Then you have a slight increase in International travel from new additions such as Emirates A345, Cathay Pacific A346, SQ's A345, and Continental's expansions into the international market with new destinations to the UK, and with the eventual start up of flights to China and Africa. The new AirTrain at JFk has also helped to increase usage out of the airport, but the big factor is still the LCC's. Yes it is strange that there are so few flights to Chicago out of JFK. One would think that it would be a heavily traveled route.
 
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Wed Mar 02, 2005 10:44 am

The Port Authority has updated some of their profiles of airport travelers and interesting to note is that 10% of EWR's travelers use Airtrain EWR and 13% of JFK's travelers use Airtrain JFK, the Subway connection no doubt is a big factor because of it's lower fare and conveinance for airport workers.

The highest figure I've seen for an US Domestic Airport rail connection is DCA where 25-30% of the airports travelers use the Metro rail station.
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RE: JFK Has Busiest Year For NYC Area Ever!

Wed Mar 02, 2005 12:06 pm

Not only is Jetblue a big factor in this increase with its huge operation from JFK and it opening up shop at LGA, more airlines have joined the NYC area like SQ with the A345 services, along with Emirates and their A345 service. THere also has been increased traffic from AA both at LGA and JFK (although most remaining domestic at JFK other than hubs just combats B6). CO also has been increasing traffic. Not Also not forgetting Song's increase from JFK and DL's continued expansion. This great news for the NYC area. Hope there is more B6 service from LGA this year along with JFK (those E190's are coming  Smile ).

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RE: JFK Has Busiest Year For NYC Area Ever!

Wed Mar 02, 2005 1:37 pm

Quoting STT757 (reply 1):
JFK is experiencing the "Southwest effect", which helped under performing airports like Manchester, BWI and Chicago Midway become BOOM towns.


JFK was a "boom" town long before any "Southwest effect"...which in this case isn't a "Southwest effect" but a "Blue effect."

JFK is simply picking up where it left off after the loss of its major carriers of yesteryear (PA, TWA, EA). New facilities surely don't hurt. If you haven't been to JFK in a few years, you will surely be impressed at what has become. I stepped inside terminal 4 for the first time and it a major upgrade from the old IAB.

Good numbers all around for the NYC market...

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RE: JFK Has Busiest Year For NYC Area Ever!

Wed Mar 02, 2005 2:06 pm

I'm really happy to hear this wonderful news about my hometown. I totally agree that the LCCs have played a major role, and I'd also like to add that the upgrading of the facilities, particularly at JFK has helped a great deal.

It's interesting to note (based on my observations) that in spite of all this increase in travel at JFK, there isn't much of that 1980's - 1990's gridlock. This I like very much.

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RE: JFK Has Busiest Year For NYC Area Ever!

Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:13 pm

Glad I contributed to that figure in July 2004.
 
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RE: JFK Has Busiest Year For NYC Area Ever!

Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:30 am

I think these numbers speak volumes for the entire NY/NJ region. May we never forget the impact of 9/11 on the region.

Three years later, to report record growth not only at JFK--but for the entire region, is an unthinkable feat and a testemant to the strength of NYers.

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RE: JFK Has Busiest Year For NYC Area Ever!

Fri Mar 04, 2005 12:50 pm

Quoting JFKLGANYC (reply 8):
Three years later, to report record growth not only at JFK--but for the entire region,


It's not just the Port Authority Airports which are booming;

Port Newark/Elizabeth and Howland Hook are booming, they keep approving more and more expansion projects and they still are having a hard time keeping up with all the new Panamax ships from China. Ships from China to Port Newark are utilizing the Suez Canal more often meaning huge ships entering the ports directly from China, in years past the goods from China were shipped to Long Beach or Seattle where they would be put on the rails to the East Coast.

Now these tremendous ships which are too big for the Panama Canal are bringing their goods right to the Port of NY/NJ, the ships are so big now that it's not just their draft that needs to be addressed with the Billion dollar Dredgings of the Arthur Kill and Kill Van Kull. The Port Authority is actively looking at ways to "lift" the Bayonne bridge to allow more clearance for these massive ships.

The massive amounts of cargo entering the Port is a strong sign of economic growth through consumer consumption, the problem is that these ships are entering the Ports full and leaving half empty. The trade in balance between the US and Asia can be seen through the mountains of shipping containers stacked up along the NJ Turnpike in Newark, I guess it's cheaper for these shipping companies to just discard them here then to ship them back.
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RE: JFK Has Busiest Year For NYC Area Ever!

Fri Mar 04, 2005 1:13 pm

It will be another growth year in 05 with Jetblue and Song in particular. DL and it's divisions may just surpass American and American Eagle as the 2nd largest Port Authority carrier behind CO.

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