Port Authority reports facility volumes for July 2021

Airport Passenger Volumes Up 14% from Last Month, But Still Down 42% from July 2019

Bridge and Tunnel Traffic at Pre-Pandemic Volumes

PATH Ridership Down Two-Thirds from July 2019

Seaport Achieves One Year of Record Growth, Sets New July Record for Cargo Volumes

July 2021 volumes at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s airports and PATH system continue to be significantly impacted by the pandemic, while volumes at the bridges and tunnels were at pre-pandemic levels. Port volumes continued to set new cargo records for 12 consecutive months and achieved the highest July monthly total in the port’s history.

The latest facility operating volumes for July 2021 are detailed below. The monthly data comparisons of 2021 to 2019 establish meaningful and consistent pre-COVID baselines for tracking activity trends at Port Authority facilities. When compared to pre-COVID July 2019 volumes, airport and PATH volumes continued to remain down, while bridge and tunnel traffic were essentially at pre-pandemic levels.

The monthly data comparisons of July 2021 to June 2021 have also been included to provide further insight into facility trends. When comparing July 2021 to June 2021 volumes, the airports showed noticeable month-over-month increases. PATH ridership remained low but increased slightly from June. Bridge and tunnel traffic for June 2021 and July 2021 was steady at pre-pandemic levels. Seaport cargo volume remained at record high levels.


In July 2021, the Port Authority’s airports handled an estimated total of 7.6 million passengers, a 42 percent decrease from pre-COVID July 2019 volumes. However, airport passenger volumes did increase by 14 percent from June 2021.

Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals (TB&T):

In July 2021, the Port Authority’s four bridges and two tunnels handled a total of 10.7 million vehicles, essentially the same as July 2019, representing a return to pre-pandemic traffic levels.

July 2021 was also essentially flat to the prior month coming in within 0.4% of June 2021 when comparing average daily traffic. Automobile traffic was up 0.1 percent, and truck traffic decreased by 7.4 percent.


PATH reported 2.7 million riders in July 2021, down 62 percent from July 2019. Ridership did increase by 7.2 percent from June 2021.


The Port of New York and New Jersey moved 758,810 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) in July 2021. Cargo volume was up 14.5 percent from July 2019, which set a new monthly record. Compared to the previous month, cargo volumes increased by 1.3 percent from June 2021.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

2021 marks the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s Centennial Year. The bi-state agency builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. Founded in 1921, the agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information or for updates from the Now Arriving blog, please visit https://www.panynj.gov/blog.

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