December 21, 2006

The 100,000,000th customer

The Seattle Times, writes about the 100,000,000 flier to fly out,in or through New York this year and what they got as to being that person:

A Taiwanese woman who arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport today was named the 100 millionth passenger of the year at the region's three major airports.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airports and other transit hubs in the region, said Liang Chen was the lucky 100 millionth traveler for Kennedy,

LaGuardia and Newark airports after taking a nonstop Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong.
In honor of the dizzying distinction, she was lavished with flowers and gifts including airline tickets, gift certificates, a Tiffany crystal apple, passes to city museums, cookbooks, tickets to Broadway shows, hotel accommodations and tickets to a New York Mets game.

The three major airports logged just under 100 million travelers last year. This year, the New York-area airports are on track to handle 104 million by the end of 2006, an increase of more than 28 percent in just four years.

The passenger records are a measure of a rebound in air traffic since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which spurred a sharp downturn in air travel and led to airline bankruptcies.

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