NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s airport operator is set to announce a plan to boost capacity for passengers by doubling the number of flights departing from the city’s airport by 20 percent from July 1 to 2023, while the New York-Newark International Airport Authority will be opening more charter flights from New York City to its other two major hubs in the New Jersey area.
New York-based JFK International, the largest commercial airline in the world with 7.3 million passengers, said on Thursday it would double the number to 10,000 flights a day between New York and Newark, New Jersey, to provide additional capacity to accommodate more people.
The plans are part of a $5.9 billion plan to bring new planes and terminals to New York, a year after a string of deadly crashes in the city left at least 30 people dead.
The new charter flights would begin in March from JFK and JFK-Newport, which are the only two international airports on the U.S. West Coast, to be operated by American Airlines.
That would increase to five flights daily from Newark and Newark-Newman, which also is operated by United Airlines.
The New York hub, which is about 30 minutes by car from JFK, is a popular destination for international visitors, with more than 60 million visitors a year.