Vol. 1, No. 3, November 2007
Special Edition

Port Authority Takes Control of SWF
On November 1, 2007, The Port Authority of NY & NJ assumed control in Newburgh, NY, of Stewart International Airport, the first step on a path to develop the underutilized facility into a strong regional airport.

The Port Authority believes Stewart is primed for growth – the airport sits in the heart of the vital Hudson Valley region, which is experiencing strong economic and population growth. The airport handled only 300,000 passengers in 2006, but is expected to handle more than 800,000 this year. With the existing infrastructure, the airport can handle 1.5 million passengers annually.

Stewart Airport covers 2,400 acres and features two parallel runways that can handle major jet service.

New Air Service  
Skybus Arrives at SWF
To meet the demand for additional air service, Stewart welcomed Skybus, a new airline with bases in Columbus, Ohio and Greensboro, North Carolina. Skybus expects to inaugurate service from the airport in early 2008.

In addition to Skybus, the Port Authority has been in active discussions with air carriers seeking new services at Stewart, which currently offers scheduled flights to several cities in Florida, as well as Atlanta, Detroit and Philadelphia.

Capital Improvements  
Airport Access Enhancements Nearing Completion
The Port Authority is investing $17.1 million in capital improvements at Stewart International Airport, including work intended to increase parking spaces and improve access to the airport. The new parking lot will be completed by the Thanksgiving holiday and a new circulation road will done by December 21.
In the News  
Port Authority, Airline Association, Travel Associations and Tourism Groups Oppose FAA Flight Restrictions
The Port Authority and organizations representing airlines, passenger advocates, business and tourism groups formed a coalition to oppose the Federal Aviation Administration’s plan to address flight delays by requiring caps at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The caps, if implemented, would mean 34 million passengers a year would be unable to fly from JFK.

The Port Authority has made 17 delay-reduction recommendations to the FAA that the agency and 14 of the airport’s largest carriers agreed would be effective and could be implemented quickly. To learn more, click here.

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