Yes Terminal A is going to be replaced. 33 (expandable to 45) gates, common-use (CUTE gates but counter space as well). The new footprint is basically along the airport's southwestern flank where UPS and the post office are now, and will apparently utilize the existing airtrain station for the south long term lot. It looks vaguely like JFK T5.https://www.panynj.gov/airports/ewr-redevelopment/
This PDF has quite a bit of detail and drawings: https://www.panynj.gov/airports/pdf/Pro ... g_Book.pdf
If the cover photo in this article is to be believed, the head house of the existing A will be retained (for what purpose, I don't know).
And in answer to the EWR-as-real-NY-airport question, everybody I know who lives in Manhattan goes to EWR.
WOW! THANKS! Great to see. I must have been under some rock not to have seen this or heard about it before.
It sure is needed.
So, what does this new mega Terminal A spell for UA’s fortress there?
Also, I did read through the pdf “presentation deck” and there doesn’t seem to address the increase in traffic to/from NYC and elsewhere or mass transit solutions to handle so many millions of passengers?
Did I miss something?
Thanks again R
I don't know that it is going to add a tremendous amount of capacity (33 gates vs 29) so I think UA is pretty safe. There isn't enough ramp and runway capacity for someone to build a substantial competing operation anyway, is there?
The Port Authority is already in lease negotiations with the airlines involved, they are negotiating renewing their current leases at Terminal A and Terminal B (DL, NK) which will dovetail into the new Terminal One (the Port Authority is officially calling the new Terminal "Terminal One").
Delta would lease five gates and pay the Port Authority aggregate rentals of approximately $55 million over the five-year period. United would
lease five gates and pay the Port Authority aggregate rentals of approximately $65.7 million over the five-year period. Alaska would lease
one gate and pay the Port Authority aggregate rentals of approximately $11.1 million over the five-year period. American would lease seven gates and pay the Port Authority aggregate rentals of approximately $77.7 million over the five-year period. JetBlue would lease two gates and pay the Port Authority aggregate rentals of approximately $22.2 million over the five-year period. Southwest would lease three gates
and pay the Port Authority aggregate rentals of approximately $33.3 million over the five-year period. Air Canada would lease two gates and pay the Port Authority aggregate rentals of approximately $22.2 million over the five-year period. In addition to fixed rentals, all airlines would also remit variable fees, including airport services and other charges.
This is only leases with the Port Authority, it does not include sub-leasing amongst the airlines themselves.http://corpinfo.panynj.gov/documents/Board-Minutes-6383/
With 33 gates, I would imagine the distribution would be something like this:
AA 5, DL 5, AC 2, B6 3, WN 3, AK 3, UA 8, + 4 cute gates for NK, G4, B6, AC etc..
As for the Terminal B-1 concourse it might either be used to expand the IAB facilities, or UA could grab them. If I were to guess I would guess they're going to expand the FIS, which might still have UA move some departures to Terminal B. Back when CO had their partnership with VS CO London departures operated out of Terminal B. Today UA uses the Terminal B for some International arrivals as they don't have the capacity at Terminal C to handle all of their international arrivals.
Longer term, the Regional Planning Association did a study on behalf of the Port Authority about expanding the region's airports. Their conclusion was the best way forward for EWR was to build a third parallel runway, this would require the demolition of Terminal B and parts of Terminal C. That plan is also why the new Terminal One is pushed so far West on the airport property. The future expansion of the new Terminal One and the inclusion of the FIS would replace the facility at B which would be torn down. A New Terminal C would be built over land occupied by runway 11/29 which would be eliminated. Leaving EWR with two terminals.