Continental to add 19 gates at Newark hub on 2 October

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Continental Airlines plans to open a new concourse at its Newark hub on 2 October, adding 19 gates and 30,000m2 of capacity.

Called the global gateway, the international concourse will expand Continental’s main terminal capacity by 46% to a total of 60 gates. A new baggage sorting system already has been installed underneath the concourse and above stands a new ramp control tower for airline operations personnel.

The C terminal currently consists of 41 gates limited to domestic flights, with the smaller B terminal handling all of Continental’s international arrivals. But the new C-3 concourse will also be capable of handling international arrivals, supplementing the existing B terminal.

Continental already has identified its daily Newark-Hong Kong service as the inaugural flight when C-3 opens on 2 October.

A new customs building to handle flights arriving at the concourse is also under construction. Continental says the building, connected to C-3 by an elevated glassed-in walkway, should be complete by early 2002.

The carrier calls its new concourse the “centerpiece” of a $1.4 billion improvement project at Newark. Other projects still under construction include a railroad station, two parking garages, a cargo complex and additional maintenance hangars.