The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport is now fully operational with the opening of the final five gates of the terminal alongside additional retail and dining outlets and the transfer of Delta Air Lines operations and Sky Club lounge from Terminal B.
Delta Air Lines joins Air Canada, American Airlines, JetBlue, and United Airlines in the new Terminal A. The activation of five more gates completes the full operational complement of 33 gates in Terminal A.
As of August 15th, the terminal has served over 9 million passengers, and is on target to welcome the 10 millionth passenger in mid-September.
The $2.7 billion terminal features state-of-the-art passenger amenities, dazzling artwork, digital technology and dining and retail options provided by 60 regional, national and global brands, including six retailers from Newark, Elizabeth, and Jersey City.
In addition, the privately financed Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRac) facility is expected to open later this year.
The parking facility will consolidate 10 rental car operations under one roof, allowing for a streamlined, simplified rental process. The terminal’s public parking facility also features the largest rooftop solar panel installation in any U.S. airport along with more than 150 electric vehicle charging stations.
Also included in Terminal A is the new United Club lounge, which opened in July, features a designated room for passengers to pray or for nursing mothers looking for privacy.
Two more lounges are expected to open up soon as well, including the American Airlines Admirals Club later this year and the American Express Centurion Lounge which is expected to open sometime in 2025.
Earlier this year, the Port Authority selected three firms to advance to the next phase of a multi-phase procurement process to replace the existing AirTrain Newark system with a new 2.5-mile automated train system.
The AirTrain started operating in 1996 and carries an average of 26,000 passengers per day and nearly 10 million passengers per year. It connects to the Northeast Corridor Rail Link Station and provides customers and employees with the ability to transfer among terminals, parking lots and rental car facilities.
The old Terminal A, which was constructed in 1973, is now vacant and will eventually be destroyed.