Stewart passenger volume down almost
three percent last year
NEW YORK – An estimated more than 117 million people traveled through Port Authority airports in 2014, surpassing the record set in the prior year by more than three million, a three percent increase.
Preliminary data show an estimated 117.1 million passengers used John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Atlantic City International airports last year.
Overall, passenger growth primarily was driven by international travel, which rose six percent, while domestic growth showed a 1.5 percent increase.
JFK led the way with an estimated 53.2 million passengers, LaGuardia set an airport high with 26.9 million travelers and Newark Liberty grew to 11.7 million international passengers.
Stewart Airport saw its passenger count decline by about 2.6 percent from 2013 with an estimated 312,344 passengers using the Newburgh facility.
Stewart has a very limited commercial schedule. Port Authority officials have been pitching domestic and international carriers to add service. At present, Delta flies nonstop to Detroit, US Airways – which merged with American Airlines – flies to Philadelphia, and Jet Blue and Allegiant Airways fly to Florida. Detroit and Philadelphia are hub airports from which travelers may take connecting flights to just about anywhere worldwide.