The future new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport. Rendered courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

While an overhaul of New York’s multi-vicious LaGuardia Airport is nearly complete, the region’s two-state transit agency has also made significant strides in building a new state-of-the-art terminal in New Jersey’s largest city.

Late last year, the New York and New Jersey Port Authority released a report detailing improvements and progress made in revitalizing Newark Liberty International Airport. The hub served approximately 43 million passengers annually before COVID-19 hit and is consistently in or within the top 10 busiest airports in the United States.

Terminal A New Newark Liberty International Airport 7Construction work in progress. Photo courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

A billion dollar project to replace the aging Terminal A has been underway since 2019, and the port authority has released new images illustrating their progress. The area of ​​the 1 million square meter facility is already in place, as is a new public parking and rental car facility, which will be accessible via a sky bridge after the terminal is completed.

The new Terminal A will significantly redesign the airport’s road network and offer a spacious new facade. The port authority announced in its report design upgrades that included adding 1,000 feet of curb frontage in arrival and departure areas, more than doubling the space in front of the terminal.

Terminal A New Newark Liberty International Airport 1The new Terminal A. Rendering courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Terminal A New Newark Liberty International Airport 2The new Terminal A. Rendering courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Terminal A New Newark Liberty International Airport 6The new Terminal A. Rendering courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The exterior of the new Terminal A will also include first-class two-way roads to increase passenger loading capacity while calming traffic. The revision will include dedicated taxi pick-up lanes with space for ridesharing such as Uber and Lyft, as well as a wealth of information the agency calls “dynamic digital signage” to improve the experience for passengers and drivers.

Terminal A New Newark Liberty International Airport 4The future new Terminal A will have more roadside frontage and special taxi and ride-sharing options. Rendered courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The interior of the new Terminal A will include 33 new gates and “iconic food, beverage and retail” according to the report. The facility is said to have a hospital-grade air filtration system that could come in handy in the coronavirus era, and will use conveniences like touch-free check-in, self-service bag-drop stations, and other cutting-edge technologies.

Terminal A, Newark Liberty International Airport 8The new interior of Terminal A. Rendering courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Terminal A New Newark Liberty International Airport 3The new interior of Terminal A. Rendering courtesy of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The old Terminal A will eventually be demolished when the new facility is completed and the port authority has set a schedule for its opening. The building’s first new doors are slated to go into operation in early 2022. During this time, the new public parking garage and the new rental car facility will also be introduced. The complete completion of the new Terminal A is expected for the end of 2022.