Delta Air Lines moves operations and Sky Club Lounge from Terminal B to new Terminal A
Terminal A milestone is first step in comprehensive makeover for Newark Liberty
December 8, 2023 — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently announced the new Terminal A at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is now fully operational with the opening of the final five gates of the terminal alongside additional retail and dining outlets and the transfer of Delta Air Lines operations and Sky Club lounge from Terminal B.
The new 1 million-square-foot Terminal A replaced the previous terminal that opened in 1973. The 33-gate facility features airy, light-filled concourses alongside state-of-the-art digital technology, modern passenger amenities, superior dining and retail options, and an innovative public art program showcasing dozens of local artists. Terminal A has been designed and constructed to the standards of LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
With Terminal A now fully operational, the Port Authority has committed to a full re-envisioning of the entire airport complex. The agency last year selected a world-renowned master planner to design a framework for future development through 2065, recommending short- and long-term projects to enable economic growth, drive sustainability efforts, and create a world-class gateway for New Jersey and the region. The plan’s development includes extensive community outreach and participation.
Delta Air Lines joins Air Canada, American Airlines, JetBlue, and United Airlines in the new Terminal A. The activation of five more gates completes the full operational complement of 33 gates in Terminal A. As of mid-August, the terminal has served over 9 million passengers, and is on target to welcome the 10 millionth passenger in mid-September.
In addition to relocating to Terminal A, Delta has opened a new 7,000-square-foot passenger lounge with a design inspired by the city’s natural landscape and industrial past. The new space seats more than 200 guests and includes elevated views of the terminal and airfield. The lounge features acoustic systems designed to absorb outside sounds, providing visitors with a quiet refuge inside the bustling terminal. Guests of Delta’s Sky Club at Terminal A can enjoy a drink from either the premium bar or the beverage station, as well as buffet-style food offerings.
Additional local retail, food and beverage shops from Newark, Elizabeth, and Jersey City, as well as regional, national and global brands, provide passengers with more dining and retail options.
More upgrades are on the way at the airport. The privately financed Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRac) facility is expected to open later this year. The 2.7 million-square-foot facility will consolidate 10 rental car operations under one roof, allowing for a streamlined, simplified rental process. The terminal’s public parking facility features the largest rooftop solar panel installation in any U.S. airport along with more than 150 electric vehicle charging stations.
For travelers seeking mass transit options to the airport, the Port Authority is committed to building a brand-new AirTrain Newark system, which is integral to modernizing and improving Newark Liberty. AirTrain Newark will be replaced through a multi-phase procurement process. Earlier this year, the agency selected three automated-people-mover (APM) system technology firms to advance to the next phase of a multi-phase procurement process to replace the existing AirTrain Newark system with a new 2.5-mile automated train system.
The AirTrain started operating in 1996 and is now outdated. It carries an average of 26,000 passengers per day and nearly 10 million passengers per year. It connects to the Northeast Corridor Rail Link Station and provides customers and employees with the ability to transfer among terminals, parking lots and rental car facilities.
Visit Building a New EWR for information regarding the new AirTrain Newark Replacement program and other EWR redevelopment projects.