28 October 2009 A new phase of work on Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal B modernisation is slated to start next month with the award on 22 October of a $58.9 million contract to create a new mid-level domestic departures hall.

The contract was awarded to VRH Construction Corp. of Englewood, N.J., which was the lowest responsible bidder among six submissions received by the Port Authority. The project is expected to take about two-and-a-half years, with completion scheduled in the second quarter of 2012. Port Authority officials recently opened a new domestic baggage claim area on the lower level of Terminal B, which will allow the old claim area to be converted into the new domestic departures hall. This new work will include installation of new check-in counters, baggage handling systems and airline offices, and is part of the Port Authority’s overall $324.6 million project to modernise and enlarge Terminal B’s facilities. These efforts are designed to accommodate future passenger growth. Opened in 1973, the terminal continues to grow. The international portion is operated by the Port Authority and includes 15 aircraft gates at the B-2 and B-3 satellites, as well as a 250,000 square-foot federal inspections area. The B-1 satellite includes nine gates and is managed by Delta and Northwest Airlines. “A new departure hall at Terminal B is a critical part of our modernization program at Newark Liberty and will help ready the facility for the expected growth in fliers,’’ said Anthony Coscia, the Port Authority’s chairman. “With today's action, the agency is delivering on its commitment to keep Newark Liberty a world-class hub.” “This project will ease the congestion that domestic fliers using Terminal B have experienced with the growth of Newark Liberty,’’ said Christopher O. Ward, the Port Authority’s executive director. “We look forward to the completion of this important project.” Susan Bass Levin, the agency’s deputy executive director, said, “This project represents our continued commitment to economic development in Newark, Elizabeth and the region.” Susan Bass Levin, the agency’s deputy executive director said.” - End - Note to Editors The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Centre site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project. For further information please call John Stanley or Simon Quarendon on 020 7839 2140 or email john@keenepa.co.uk.