New York Airports to Offer Free Wi-Fi to Travelers

By Paul Riegler on 26 June 2014
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Delta's Terminal 2 at JFK

Delta’s Terminal 2 at JFK

Visitors at New York-area airports will soon have access to free Wi-Fi but it won’t be unlimited.

On Wednesday, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the region’s three major airports, John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International, said it had approved plans that will permit a free service to go ahead.

The service will be provided by Boingo, a wireless Internet company that already offers Wi-Fi at the airports.  The first 30 minutes will be available at no charge, and users can purchase more time as needed.

The Port Authority said that Boingo will allocate $3.8 million to upgrade its existing infrastructure at the city’s airport terminals, an investment it will recoup “through a cost-share arrangement” with the agency.

In a statement released Wednesday in support of the move, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the city’s airports “have lagged behind their competitors for too long – and my administration will simply not allow our major transit hubs to be anything less than first class.”

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