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ICYMI: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Port Authority Leaders, State and Local Officials Celebrate Major Construction Milestone for Terminal One Project at Newark Liberty International Airport


EWR Redevelopment gains momentum following addition of brand new AirTrain Newark and planning for new Terminal Two in agency’s Capital Plan

‘Topping out’ ceremony features addition of final exterior steel beam to largest design-build project in New Jersey history

Terminal One project will add 1 million square feet of space, 33 new gates and a common-use layout, serving as an economic boon to the region

Part of unprecedented $30 billion in public and private investment committed to transform the region’s airports into true 21st century gateways

NEWARK - Governor Phil Murphy joined Port Authority leaders and New Jersey elected officials today to announce the completion of a major phase of construction of the $2.7 billion Terminal One project. The “Steel Topping Out” ceremony featured the placement of the final exterior steel beam atop the one-million-square-foot frame of the brand-new terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director Rick Cotton, and Aviation Director Huntley A. Lawrence, as well as Aviation Program Director of Redevelopment Catherine Cronin, were on hand to mark the event. They were accompanied by New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, State Senator Teresa Ruiz, State Senator Joseph Cryan, local officials, union leaders and the workers critical to construction of the new facility.

“A modern Newark Liberty International Airport is crucial to both the millions of passengers and tons of cargo that move through our state and to the economic vitality of our region,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Not only will Terminal One provide travelers with a fully functioning, 21st century air travel experience, additional investments in a modernized AirTrain and an all-new Terminal Two will make us more competitive on the world stage. I thank the Port Authority for their able leadership in shepherding this project through its construction, and working with our Administration to ensure that this airport remains a transportation hub into the future.”

“This structure is the first physical representation of the thoroughly modern terminal we are in the midst of building,” said Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “Today is a celebration of achievement and pride, particularly for the trades workers who are creating what will be a world-class facility upon completion.”

“The Port Authority is committed to transforming our airports into top quality, 21st century facilities,” said Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton. “At Newark Airport, replacing the old Terminal A with a new world-class Terminal One is a key step in achieving that goal, and today’s topping out demonstrates the forward momentum of the exciting Terminal One project.”

“Newark Liberty International Airport is a world-class airport, but the existing terminal needs to be upgraded and expanded to compete in the marketplace and better serve the needs of air travelers,” Senate President Steve Sweeney said. “The Terminal One construction project is putting people to work and contributing to economic activity and, when it is done, it will provide permanent jobs and ongoing economic opportunities. The new terminal will also play an important role in support of New Jersey’s infrastructure, our shipping capacity and transportation logistics, which are so important to the state’s economy.”

“The Terminal One project is the largest design-build project in Garden State history, generating thousands of jobs and boosting our economy. Once completed, the new terminal will meet the growing needs of those who travel through our great state, making a more enjoyable experience,” said Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin.

For this first phase of the project, there were nearly 300 onsite union workers a day, 33 percent of them ironworkers. The framework construction of Terminal One included the use of 10 cranes and 16,200 tons of steel fabrication to build the concourse and headhouse.

Once completed, Terminal One will feature cutting-edge digital technology and superior dining and retail options and a terminal 20 percent larger than Terminal A, the outmoded terminal it is designed to replace. Viewed as a “common use” terminal, all gates in the new terminal will be utilized by multiple carriers, which will increase flexibility and efficiency and optimize operations. The new terminal will accommodate an estimated 13.6 million passengers annually on three levels. A covered pedestrian bridge will provide direct terminal access for passengers using AirTrain Newark.

The new Terminal One was designed and built by Tutor Perini/Parsons with work being completed in phases to minimize customer inconvenience. Terminal One is scheduled to partially open with 21 gates in 2021 and be fully operational with an additional 12 gates by 2022. In July, the Port Authority reached an agreement with EWR Terminal One LLC, a 100-percent subsidiary of internationally recognized airport operator Munich Airport International, to oversee operations, maintenance and concession functions once the new terminal is complete.

At its September Board meeting, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners included two key projects in its revised 2017-2026 Capital Plan for the complete redevelopment of Newark Liberty International: new funding for planning to replace the existing Terminal B with a new, 21st century, Terminal Two, and funding for an entirely new AirTrain Newark.

Last month, the Port Authority and its partner ConRac Solutions broke ground on a new parking facility that will complement the new terminal and service the entire airport. The new Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility will be constructed on a 19.31-acre site, with approximately 2,750 public parking spaces and 3,380 rental car spaces to support 10 rent-a-car brands.

Terminal One is expected to generate more than $4.6 billion in regional economic activity, create more than 23,000 job years and provide more than $1.9 billion in wages. The goal is to award certified Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises a significant portion of sub-contract, vendor and consulting work within the project.

Newark Liberty currently provides jobs for approximately 21,000 people directly employed at the airport. It contributes more than $27 billion in economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region and generates nearly 190,000 total jobs and more than $9 billion in annual wages.

Today’s announcement is part of the Port Authority’s unprecedented commitment of more than $30 billion in public and private funding to transform the region’s three major airports into true 21st century gateways. In addition to the construction of the new Terminal One at Newark Liberty, this commitment includes the complete redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport, whose first new concourse and gates are already open, and the comprehensive redevelopment of JFK International Airport, including two major new international terminals, with a groundbreaking expected later this year.

For more information and images regarding the Terminal One project, please visit the airport’s webpage at