Airlines says its new $80 million international arrivals facility at Newark
airport will be ready to commence operations on 2 April.
new facility will house customs, immigrations and other government services
dedicated for exclusive use by Continental’s arriving international passengers,.
has worked closely with government officials to ensure that this new
international arrivals facility was designed to effectively accommodate the
specific needs of our international travelers as well as provide a favorable
first impression for arriving overseas visitors,” says Continental chairman and
CEO Gordon Bethune. “Its opening marks a significant milestone.”
a typical day at Newark, Continental has approximately 5,500 passengers
arriving on 37 international flights.
carrier, which hubs at Newark, says its new facility features customs and
immigrations stations “designed to quickly accommodate arriving international
customers”. Features of the 11,150m2 (120,000ft2),
three-level facility include:
- 28 immigration processing
stations, increasing the airport's total capacity by 50%
- The ability to process 1,500
passengers per hour
- An open customs hall with
8.5m (28ft) high ceilings
- Four baggage-claim carousels,
each with 76m (250ft) of luggage space
- 3,716 m2 (40,000 ft2)
of office space for five US federal agencies – the Immigration and
Naturalization Service, the Customs Service, and the departments of Agriculture,
Public Health, and Fish & Wildlife.