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Port Authority: Record number of passengers at area airports

Runways at Kennedy Airport near Jamaica Bay are

Runways at Kennedy Airport near Jamaica Bay are seen from the control tower in an undated image. Credit: Craig Ruttle

For the fourth straight year, the number of passengers who used the Port Authority’s metropolitan airports set a record, the agency said Wednesday.

More than 130 million passengers — about 6 million, or 4.7 percent, more than last year — used Port Authority’s airport system in 2016, the agency said in a news release.

Kennedy Airport had 58.8 million passengers, setting records for domestic passengers with 27.2 million and international passengers with 31.6 million; LaGuardia Airport, which is undergoing an $8-billion redevelopment, set a record with 29.8 million total passengers, the Port Authority said.

The Port Authority’s numbers also include Newark, Stewart and Atlantic City airports.

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