THE Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) says traffic and activity at its seaport, airports and Goethals Bridge in the first six months of this year set all-time records.
PANYNJ reported that during the first six months of 2019, the port set a new all-time high for cargo, handling 3.65 million TEU. The extraordinarily high growth in cargo volume continues the port's monthly streak of holding the position as the number two port in the nation measured by loaded containers. The port surpassed Long Beach, California as the nation's second busiest port with Los Angeles continuing to be the top port in the US.
The NY-NJ port handled a total of 611,027 TEU for the month of June, the second busiest June on record eclipsed only by last June's record volumes, according to GlobeSt.com.
The Port Authority's four commercial airports - John F Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and New York Stewart International airports - handled a total of 68.4 million passengers during the first half of 2019, surpassing the all-time record of 66.3 million passengers in the first half of 2018.
JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia airports also each showed strong growth in the second quarter of 2019, handling more passengers in June 2019 than during any other June on record. This resulted in an all-time June high of an estimated 12.79 million passengers across the airports.
PANYNJ's new Goethals Bridge set a record for vehicle traffic in the first six months of 2019, accommodating 8.59 million eastbound vehicles, an 8.2 per cent increase over the previous June record. Bolstered by the Goethals Bridge's monthly records, the three Staten Island bridges collectively handled a second quarter record of 9.3 million vehicles.
The Port Authority's six crossings collectively continued a five-year run of steady increases in eastbound traffic in the second quarter of 2019, handling more than 31.3 million eastbound vehicles, more than 5 per cent above the volume handled in the second quarter of 2014.