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Super Bowl XLVIII will be held Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It is estimated that 800 limousine companies will be needed to service the event.
The Limousine Associations of New Jersey (LANJ) is making sure that its members are well prepared for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII which will be held in the Meadowlands. LANJ executive director Barry Lefkowitz recently brought a panel to speak on what to expect at the Newark International Airport as game day approaches.
“We want to make sure that our members have the best information to serve their clients,” he said. “That’s the advantage of being part of an association. We give you the information you need to do your job well.”
With an crowds descending on Newark for the big game, logistics was the topic of the day at the September LANJ meeting where Diane Pappianni from the New York/New Jersey Port Authority was the keynote speaker. Pappianni explained that during the week leading up to game day airport operations would be changing in order to deal with the rise in passengers.
Pappianni introduced Pat Bonner who heads Landside Operations for the Port Authority at Newark. He explained that all limousines and charter buses will be staging in the P1 lot which is on the south side of the airport. Operators will still be able to use the short term lots. In the holding lot, operators will show their trip tickets and receive a pass to pick up curbside. Without the pass, they will be sent off the curb and not be able to pick up their passengers. There will be dedicated pick up areas curbside which passengers should head to once they have gotten their luggage, Bonner said.
- Enforcement will be heavy at the airport during this event and it will especially be critical that operators follow the plan.
- For those picking up at the Fixed Base Operation (FBO), Signature, staging will be in the lot directly across the street from the FBO, which will handle dispatch.
- On the Monday after the game, operators are encouraged to watch the signs to direct where to drop their passengers. The most likely the drop offs will be on levels two or three which will differ from regular non-event time drops.
- Airport signage will be key to the success of the program. Signs are being placed on all frontage roads that operators use to access the holding lots and the terminals.