Newark reaches final construction stages

The A1 passenger gate area at Newark will be demolished this month to make way for further work on the new Terminal A as it nears completion

On September 30, 2021, one of three passenger gate areas currently in operation at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A will close to make way for the final construction phases of the new state-of-the-art Terminal A, which is scheduled to open in spring 2022.

This will result in a shift in flight operations that could result in increased wait times at peak periods. Terminal A travellers have been asked to arrive at the airport no later than two hours prior to scheduled departure times, in view of the temporary, six-month reduction in Terminal A gates.

Newark Liberty International
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“This is a necessary step in delivering a world-class airport able to handle future passenger growth and improve the customer experience,” said Newark Liberty general manager James Gill.

Air Canada and JetBlue, the two airlines directly affected by the closures, will move their flights to the other two gate areas of Terminal A. JetBlue is also shifting flights to Terminal B in response to the closures. American, Alaska, and United Express will continue their operations unchanged in the Terminal A2 and A3 concourses.

The new one million square feet Terminal A will open with 21 gates, adding a further 12 by the end of 2022. The $2.7bn Terminal A Redevelopment Program involves replacing the existing Terminal A, which at almost 50 years old is no longer fit for purpose. Roadway and airside improvements will be made, and a new six-level, 3,000-car parking garage and a centralised car rental facility are under construction.

In addition to the Terminal A project, the Port Authority is replacing the EWR AirTrain, which has reached the end of its useful life.