United and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey have signed a 20-year lease extension through which United will maintain its significant presence at Newark Liberty International Airport and make further investments to ensure the airport remains one of the USA’s premier global gateways.
United and the United Express carriers will continue their exclusive use of Terminal C and will continue to operate flights at Terminals A and B. Additionally, the airline will invest US$150 million in ongoing improvements throughout the term of the lease. While Terminal C is already one of the most modern international terminals, United will further develop its concourse areas and improve baggage handling.
“As the largest airline in New Jersey and New York and one of Newark’s largest employers, United is committed to Newark Liberty as a model of customer service, convenience and efficiency,” said Jeff Smisek, United Chairman, President and Chief Executive. “Our partnership with the Port Authority and the investments United will make will ensure Liberty’s place as the region’s leading domestic and international airport for decades to come.”
Since 2010, United has invested in its facilities at Liberty to improve customer service and co-worker experience. The airline broke ground in January 2013 on a new widebody maintenance hangar at Liberty, with completion scheduled for the year-end.
United continues to work in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration on a $100 million ‘in-line’ baggage-screening system that, on completion by year-end, will speed the movement of checked bags between the check-in counter and United aircraft.
The airline also is designing a new $65 million catering facility at Liberty.