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Flight from HK proves lucky for Taiwanese woman

AP , NEW YORK

Officials welcomed Chen Liang, left, and her husband at John F. Kennedy airport in New York on Wednesday, after the Taiwanese couple arrived on a flight from Hong Kong. Chen was the 100 millionth air traveler to use one of the metropolitan area's three major airports this year.

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A Taiwanese woman who arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday was 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 Chen Liang was the lucky 100 millionth traveler for Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports after taking a nonstop Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong.

When she landed, she was greeted by Port Authority officials.

She was lavished with gifts including airline tickets, hotel accommodations and tickets to a New York Mets game.

The three airports logged just under 100 million travelers last year.

And they are on track to handle 104 million by the end of this year, an increase of more than 28 percent in just four years.

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