Continental set to open Newark international arrivals facility

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Continental Airlines says its new $80 million international arrivals facility at Newark airport will be ready to commence operations on 2 April.

The new facility will house customs, immigrations and other government services dedicated for exclusive use by Continental’s arriving international passengers,.

“Continental 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.”

On a typical day at Newark, Continental has approximately 5,500 passengers arriving on 37 international flights.

The 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:

  1. 28 immigration processing stations, increasing the airport's total capacity by 50%
  2. The ability to process 1,500 passengers per hour
  3. An open customs hall with 8.5m (28ft) high ceilings
  4. Four baggage-claim carousels, each with 76m (250ft) of luggage space
  5. 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.