JFK Named America’s Leading Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport, the premier gateway in New York that has served more than 1 billion passengers under the Port Authority’s stewardship, was named North America’s Leading Airport at the 2003 World Travel Awards ceremony held Monday, October 13 in New York.
The World Travel Awards have been presented annually since 1993. Winners are selected by thousands of travel agents voting in more than 200 countries. Kennedy Airport had been a finalist for North America’s Leading Airport in four of the past five years before winning the award this year.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "Our staff, working closely with our airport partners, have focused all of their resources to ensure our airports remain world-class facilities, and it’s encouraging to be recognized for these efforts by industry experts."
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, "This award is a great honor for the tens of thousands of New Yorkers employed at Kennedy Airport. They’ve worked very hard to make JFK one of the world’s best airports, and they’ve earned this distinction."
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, "This award is a testament to the devoted staff at JFK, as well as the airport’s $9.5 billion public-private redevelopment program that has delivered countless improvements, including new and enhanced passenger terminals, parking garages, more efficient roadways, runways and taxiways, and AirTrain JFK, which will bring rail service directly to the airport."
Port Authority airports have received a wide variety of awards from industry groups, including honors for air cargo, shops and restaurants, historic preservation, public service, environmental protection, signs, and snow and ice removal.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; 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 Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.