October 7, 2022

Seaport continued its record growth in 2021

Other Port Authority facilities have yet to recover

The Port Authorities of New York and New Jersey have announced facility volumes for the month of December 2021, as well as all of 2021.

The seaport continued a 17th consecutive month of record freight activity, carrying more than 30% more freight in December than in December 2019. Compared to November 2021, freight activity increased by 1.5 % in December 2021.

In December, air passenger volume at Port Authority airports was 17% lower than pre-COVID volumes in December 2019. Still, this number represented an 8% increase from the previous month in November 2021.

Mainly due to the effects of the omicron variant across the region, December monthly road traffic on bridges and tunnels fell 4.2% from December 2019 levels and 4.6% from December levels. November 2021.

PATH’s total traffic in December was 53% lower than its pre-pandemic total traffic of December 2019. PATH’s total monthly traffic in December also fell 8% from November 2021.

The Port Authority has also released its annual total volumes by line department for 2021 and has included monthly data comparisons from December 2021 to November 2021 below to provide a more in-depth look at facility utilization trends.


The seaport maintained record levels for both December and the year.

In December 2021, the Port of New York and New Jersey carried 770,753 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units), an extraordinary increase of 30.3% over pre-pandemic levels in December 2019.

Comparing the month-to-month trend this year, in December 2021, the port carried 1.5% more cargo than in November 2021, when the port handled 759,390 TEUs.

On a full-year annual basis, the Port of New York and New Jersey carried a total of 8,985,931 TEUs in 2021, a 20.2% increase over pre-pandemic totals in 2019 The nearly 9 million TEUs handled in 2021 is a record annual record for the port.


In December 2021, Port Authority airports handled a total of 9.8 million passengers, down 17% from pre-COVID volumes in December 2019.

Airport passenger volume increased by 8% compared to November 2021, when airports served 8.3 million passengers.

Annual passenger volume in 2021 totaled 76.1 million, down 46% at Port Authority airports from 2019. Annual passenger volume at John F. Kennedy International Airport of 31 million was down 51% from its 2019 annual total. Compared to their 2019 annual totals respectively, Newark Liberty International Airport’s total of 29 million passengers was down 37% and the total of 6 million passengers at LaGuardia Airport decreased by 49%. In 2019, airports welcomed a record 140 million passengers.


In December 2021, PATH reported total monthly traffic of 3 million, a 53% decline from December 2019’s total monthly traffic. PATH’s total traffic of 3 million for December also represented a decline of 8 % compared to 3.3 million users in November 2021.

For all of 2021, PATH reported total annual ridership of 29 million passengers, down 64% from 2019. Additionally, PATH reported average weekday ridership of 90,941 passengers in 2021 , down 68% from 2019.

Tunnels, bridges and terminals (TB&T):

In December 2021, the Port Authority’s four bridges and two tunnels handled a total of 9.9 million vehicles, down 4.2% from the pre-pandemic total for December 2019. Vehicle traffic in December 2021 decreased by about 4% from the pre-pandemic level of December 2019, while truck traffic increased by almost 6% from December 2019 levels.

In terms of month-over-month volumes, December 2021 volume of 9.9 million vehicles fell 4.6% from November 2021 volume of 10.04 million vehicles, with traffic automobile down 4.8% and truck traffic down 1.5%.

In terms of annual volumes, Port Authority Bridges and Tunnels handled a total of 116.1 million vehicles in 2021, down 5.1% from the 2019 annual total. decreased by 4.6% and truck traffic increased by 1.3%.

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