Passenger traffic at NY-area airports neared all-time high in '12, despite Sandy's disruptions

The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. - Passenger traffic at the New York area's four commercial airports increased in 2012 despite closures caused by Superstorm Sandy.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says traffic at Newark Liberty, La Guardia, John F. Kennedy and Stewart airports rose by 3.3 per cent last year compared to 2011.

More than 109 million travellers used the four airports. That's just below the pre-recession record of 110 million set in 2007.

Traffic at JFK Airport reached an all-time high with 49.3 million passengers.

La Guardia experienced a 6.6 per cent increase in passengers over 2011, partly due to expanded service offered by Delta and JetBlue Airways. Passenger traffic at Newark increased by about one per cent.

Superstorm Sandy cancelled thousands of flights and forced the airports to close. All reopened within days.