New York-area airports set a passenger traffic record for the sixth year in a row, as a new study finds they again rank among the worst in terms of on-time performance.
The New York and New Jersey Port Authority, which operates John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and Stewart airports, says more than 132 million passengers used these facilities in 2017.
This is an increase of 2.2% from the previous record of 2016.
JFK set a record with over 59 million passengers, and Newark Liberty set a record with over 43 million passengers.
Meanwhile, a study released Thursday by the Global Gateway Alliance shows Newark had the nation’s worst on-time performance for passenger traffic in 2017, closely followed by LaGuardia and JFK.
The analysis, using recently released Bureau of Transportation statistics, shows Newark to be last in terms of on-time arrivals and departures, at 67.74% and 73.42% respectively.
On-time performance in 2017 was down at all three New York-area airports compared to 2016, but Newark’s 4.49% drop was the biggest drop in performance in the country.
JFK’s arrival delays were the longest in the country in 2017, averaging 83.7 minutes per delay, more than 12 minutes per delay worse than the average delay in 2016. LaGuardia led the country in percentage terms. flights canceled in 2017 at 3.23 percent, and its departure delays were the second longest in the country with an average of 79 minutes per delay.
As passenger traffic increased at JFK and LaGuardia, airports handled fewer flights from major US carriers in 2017 than in the past five years, indicating that the increase in traffic was not the cause. problems at both airports.
Stewart saw a more than 60% increase in passenger volume with the expansion of Allegiant Air service and the launch of Norwegian Air service to five European destinations.
The Port Authority is investing more than $ 11 billion in improving aviation over the next 10 years.