NEW YORK, June 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—Continental Airlines
(NYSE: CAL) and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey today announced
the completion of an eight-lane roadway that more than doubles the number of
lanes serving drivers coming to Newark International Airport. The public
agency and the airline industry leader are working together to provide
$3.8 billion in customer improvements.
The new roads connect to Continental Airlines` recently renovated
Terminal C. As part of Continental`s $900 million Global Gateway expansion,
the two-level Terminal C was converted into an ultra-modern three-level
facility. Terminal C now has two levels serving international and domestic
departures and a third, lower level with baggage claim and ground
transportation facilities serving arriving passengers.
The roads are part of New York/Newark`s $480 million roadway improvement
program. The project increases the number of available lanes for cars and
taxis serving arriving customers at Terminal C from three to five.
This summer, upon the completion of a new roadway connecting Terminals B
and C, the Port Authority will open three additional lanes to bus traffic.
The capacity of departure-level roadways has already more than doubled to
seven lanes from the previous three.
“Our ability to work with industry leaders like Continental Airlines is
vital to maintaining the airport`s ability to keep pace with the region`s air
transportation needs,” said Susan Baer, General Manager of Newark
“Continental`s work as project manager for this Port-funded roadway is
another example of the extraordinary public/private partnership that has led
to wide-ranging improvements for travelers through Newark International,” said
Charles Scully, Vice President of Continental`s New York/Newark hub. “With
completion of the Terminal C roadway expansion, the region`s most modern
airport facility becomes even more accessible.”
The roadway expansion follows the Port Authority`s inauguration of
AirTrain Newark, the new rail link that provides direct rail access to Newark
International Airport`s three terminals from New York City and points across
Continental is New York`s largest passenger carrier, flying more than
20 million customers a year in and out of the region. With more than
310 daily departures from Newark alone, Continental accounts for more than
60 percent of the airport`s flights. Continental flies from Newark to
118 domestic and international cities, including frequent non-stops to Europe,
Latin America and Asia.