Newark Liberty International Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports. With over 1,000 flights coming in and out of this travel hub every day, it’s important that operations here run as smoothly as possible — and a newly redesigned and redeveloped terminal here aims to help with just that. A $2.7 billion dollar project was recently finished at EWR’s Terminal A and includes an array of new gates, additional parking options, and more. After the opening was pushed back in December, the terminal is now open to the public as of January 12th, 2023 — with all previous Terminal A operations moving to the new building. Read on for what we know about Newark Airport’s revamp of Terminal A and what travelers can expect.
The Details of Terminal A
According to the EWR redevelopment website, the $2.7 billion dollar Terminal Redevelopment Program for Terminal A includes four main elements:
- A one-million-square-foot, 33-gate terminal building (12 of which will open at a later date)
- Redesigned roadways with eight new bridges
- 140 acres of airfield paving
- A 2,700-space public parking facility with a consolidated rent-a-car center (ConRac) + a climate-controlled pedestrian bridge
In addition, the building includes 60 check-in and baggage kiosks that can be used by flyers from any airline as well as increased space and lines for security, per NorthJersey.com. The new roadway design will connect that part of the airport both to the other two terminals and the nearby highways.
The project, which started in 2018, aimed to modernize as well as replace Terminal A and provide associated roadway and airside improvements. The new, state-of-the-art terminal has an updated style that looks to serve as a “unique and memorable icon for the region”, according to the website. The airlines that will occupy the terminal include United Airlines, JetBlue, Air Canada, and American Airlines, with Delta moving here next year as well.
Passenger Experience — What to Expect
With the new updates and the number of gates now being nearly double what it was, Terminal A at Newark Airport should be able to handle about 13 million travelers each year.
In order to keep up with the immense amount of people passing through each day, the concession program within the terminal includes over 60 businesses — both regional, national, and global. Some of the chain brands passengers can enjoy here include Starbucks, Jersey Mike’s, Playa Bowls, Dunkin’, BurgerFi, and more — plus, some of the local spots include The Office Tavern Grill, Kitchen Step, Bluestone Lane Coffee, + more. A total of six of the businesses are from Elizabeth, Newark, and Jersey City.
Aside from concessions, the new terminal also includes a variety of local art, as well as some Jersey-inspired theming throughout the building. The terminal has two new, permanent public art installations created by Newark resident Layqa Nuna Yawar and Philadelphia resident Karyn Olivier. A total of 29 local artists’ work are showcased throughout Terminal A in the arrivals and departures halls.