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The Port Authority Sets Record For Airport Passengers and Cargo Traffic in November

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Newark NJ, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced that the agency’s airports saw their busiest November on record, bolstered by a record-breaking Thanksgiving travel period. Port Authority airports remain on pace for their busiest year ever. Additionally, the PATH commuter railroad recorded its highest monthly total as a percentage compared to 2019 passenger levels, traffic at the bridges and tunnels continued to achieve pre-pandemic levels, and the Port of New York and New Jersey continued outpacing its 2019 cargo activity, closing 2023 as the nation’s second busiest port for loaded containers.


Port Authority airports continued their remarkable pace in November, once again setting a new monthly record for passenger volume. November’s total passenger volume of 11.5 million was an increase of 3 percent, or 400,000 passengers, from the previous November high set in 2022. It was an increase of 7 percent from November 2019 and a decrease of 7 percent from October 2023.

Port Authority airports remain on track to record their busiest year ever. The agency’s airports have served 132 million passengers for the year through November. The total is an increase of 3 percent, or 3.4 million, from the same point in 2019.

The surging activity was boosted by record high passenger levels during the 2023 Thanksgiving travel period, when 3.1 million air passengers traveled between Nov. 20 and Nov. 27. The figure was a 3 percent jump from the previous record for the travel period set in 2022.


The PATH commuter railroad’s monthly total of 4.3 million passengers was 67 percent of November 2019’s total. This marked the first time PATH achieved two-thirds of its pre-pandemic 2019 ridership for the same month.

PATH saw an average weekday ridership of 176,612 passengers in November 2023. It was the third-highest average weekday ridership recorded since February 2020, behind only the prior two months — September and October 2023.

November 2023’s total ridership was a decrease of 10 percent, or 455,000 riders, compared to October 2023. The drop reflected the end of PATH’s annual peak ridership period that typically runs from late summer through early fall.

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Port of New York and New Jersey:

The Port of New York and New Jersey moved 644,439 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) during November 2023. The figure was a 7.5 percent increase from November 2019. It was a 13.2 percent decrease from October 2023, which marked the seaport’s busiest month of the year as retailers made final preparations for the holiday shopping season.

For the year through November, the seaport moved nearly 7.2 million TEUs. This was an increase of 4.2 percent from activity the same point in 2019. The seaport remained the nation’s second busiest for loaded containers handled year-to-date, totaling over 4.8 million TEUs.

Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals:

The Port Authority’s six vehicular crossings served nearly 10.1 million eastbound vehicles during November 2023. This achievement mirrors traffic levels from pre-pandemic November 2019. Average daily traffic volumes were also consistent with October 2023.

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