More than 6.3 million travelers are expected to use port authority airports and bridges and tunnels during Thanksgiving Holiday; Plan ahead for heavy traffic, longer airport wait times
Air travelers should arrive at airports at least 2 to 3 hours prior to departure, depending on destination, anticipate longer wait times at TSA security checkpoints
Port Authority, MTA strongly encourage the use of public transportation to airports
Port Authority suspends non-emergency lane closures at vehicular crossings to accommodate higher volumes during Thanksgiving holiday
PATH to add service on Thanksgiving; Stations 9 St and 23 St always remain open during the holiday weekend
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced today that more than 6.3 million air passengers and vehicles are expected to use its airports and vehicle crossings from Wednesday through Monday, November 23 to 28.
The agency estimates that approximately 4.1 million vehicles will use the bridges and tunnels over the 6-day period, which would be comparable to vehicle volume during the same pre-pandemic holiday period in 2019, consistent with recent traffic trends. To accommodate the expected significant vehicle volume, all lane closures for non-emergency construction at the intersections will be suspended until 5 a.m. Monday, November 28, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
More than 2.2 million air passengers are expected to use the agency’s airports during the same 6-day period, the highest level since the start of the pandemic and just up from Thanksgiving 2019, when 2.2 million air travelers Port Authority airports. Passenger volumes at LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports in particular are expected to exceed 90 percent of pre-pandemic levels, with a high potential for longer waiting times due to increased passenger volume, ongoing construction and potential understaffing at security checkpoints under management by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The Port Authority strongly advises all travelers to plan ahead and take extra travel time into account. All passengers on domestic flights must arrive at the airport at least two hours in advance of their departure time and passengers on international flights must arrive at the airports at least three hours in advance of their departure times. Travelers are strongly advised to refer to the Port Authority’s air travel tips for information on preparing for their trip, including information on real-time wait times for TSA security lines, information on parking availability, AirTrain maps and schedules, public transport directions. transportation or information about vehicles to hire. The Port Authority encourages everyone who goes to the airports to reserve a parking space in time or to come by public transport.
Airports & AirTrain:
- AirTrain JFK station Terminal 1 & 2 has reopened for regular service after temporary closures due to the construction of the new Terminal One. For AirTrain JFK service to Terminals 1 & 2, customers must use the combined AirTrain JFK station Terminal 1 & 2 (formerly Terminal 1 station).
- The green garage at John F. Kennedy International Airport is closed due to the construction of the new Terminal One. Parking for Terminals 1 and 2 is available at the Red Garage at Terminal 8.
- Free shuttle buses operate between all LaGuardia Airport terminals at all hours for passengers and employees making terminal connections.
- Passengers are encouraged to use the free LaGuardia Link Q70 bus service to and from the airport.
- To ease congestion at Newark Liberty International Airport, short-term parking in the Central Terminal Area (CTA) is cashless. The change offers more payment options, including contactless payment and designated EZ Pass lanes when entering and exiting the vehicle. Click here for parking availability and advanced parking reservations.
- Due to limited parking during peak season, travelers are encouraged to reserve parking in advance at the three major airports.
Bridges & Tunnels:
Midtown Bus Station and George Washington Bus Station:
- Customers should check the most up-to-date departure times and schedules with their individual bus companies, some of which may operate on holiday schedules.
- From Wednesday 23 November to Monday 28 November, stations 9 and 23 St will be open at night.
- On Thanksgiving, November 24, trains run every 15 minutes on the Journal Square to 33 St line via Hoboken between 7:10 AM and 10:00 AM, and every 12 minutes between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. operate every 20 minutes between 07:20 and 23:00
- On Friday 25 November, the trains will run according to an adjusted schedule as follows:
- Newark to WTC: every 10 minutes until 9:26 PM, then every 15 minutes until 11:11 PM
- Hoboken to 33 St: every 10 minutes until 9:22 PM, then every 15 minutes until 11:07 PM
- Journal Square to 33 St: Every 10 minutes until 9:09 PM, then every 15 minutes until 11:09 PM
- WTC to Hoboken: every 10 minutes until 9:28 PM, then every 15 minutes until 10:41 PM
- On Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27, trains will run according to their normal weekend schedules.
TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS COVID-19
The Port Authority continues to follow guidelines from the public health authorities of New York and New Jersey regarding mask mandates at its public transportation facilities. Under current public health guidelines in New York and New Jersey, masks are no longer required in the agency’s facilities in New York and New Jersey, but masks are now optional and welcome for anyone who chooses to wear them.
Masks are also no longer required on the Interstate PATH system, including stations and platforms.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is a two-state agency that builds, operates, and maintains much of the country’s most important transportation and trade infrastructure. For more than a century, the agency’s network of major airports; critical bridges, tunnels and bus terminals; a commuter rail line; and the busiest seaport on the east coast has been one of the most vital in the country – transporting hundreds of millions of people and carrying essential goods in and out of the region. The Port Authority also owns and operates the 16-acre World Trade Center campus, which today welcomes tens of thousands of office workers and millions of annual visitors. The agency’s landmark 10-year $37 billion capital plan includes an unprecedented transformation of the region’s three major airports – LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and JFK – as well as a range of other new and enhanced assets, including the $2 billion renovation of the 90 year old George Washington Bridge. The Port Authority’s $8 billion annual budget does not include tax revenue from the states of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities, mainly on its own credit. For more information visit www.panynj.gov or view the Arrive now blogging.