The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has started constructed on the $2.4bn Terminal A redevelopment project at Newark Liberty International Airport in the US.
The project will include the refurbishment of the 44-year-old terminal, starting with the construction of three roadway bridges designed to reduce congestion.
The new terminal will feature 33 gates, a parking garage complex and infrastructure improvements. Upon completion, the terminal will have a capacity handle 13.6m passengers per year. Furthermore, it can be expanded to meet the future passenger demand.
The project, which will be delivered through design-build process, is expected to be fully operational in 2022. It is expected to create over 10,000 jobs in the region.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie said: “Newark Liberty International Airport is an essential economic engine for New Jersey, generating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in activity.
“Providing state-of-the-art terminals and an unparalleled customer experience is critical to ensuring reliable, on-time departures and arrivals; improving quality of life; boosting economic growth opportunities; and enhancing tourism in this state.
“This project is especially important, given an expected surge in air travel demand and the fact that EWR serves as one of the most prominent U.S. gateways for travelers and businesses from all across the world.”