Press Release Article


Date: May 31, 2012
Press Release Number: 83-2012

Enhancements will improve runways and lighting systems, ready the airport for future passenger growth, create 850 jobs and result in $232 million in economic activity

Stewart International Airport’s two runways will undergo state-of-good-repair upgrades to help meet the airport’s future aviation needs under a $143.5 million project authorized by the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners.

Runway 9-27, one of the nation’s longest air strips at 11,817 feet, and Runway 16-34 both will be repaved with asphalt and receive upgraded lighting systems to help position Stewart Airport for passenger growth in the coming years.

Runway 9-27 will also benefit from the addition of a high-speed taxiway exit, which has a gentler turn-off angle than conventional taxiways. The upgrade will allow landing aircraft to exit the runway more quickly, reducing potential delays to other departing and arriving planes.

This maintenance and improvement project is anticipated to create 380 direct jobs and $31.4 million in direct payroll wages, with the total economic impact estimated at 850 jobs, $53.6 million in wages and $232 million in economic activity over the life of the project from May 2012 through December 2014.

“The Port Authority is committed to improving Stewart International Airport so it may better serve the region’s travelers,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “This investment will not only generate jobs over the life of the project but will also generate long term economic growth as Stewart continues to grow as a destination for travelers in the Hudson Valley region.”

“The Port Authority promised to invest significantly in Stewart International Airport and this $143.5 million project to rehabilitate the airport’s two runways is further proof of that commitment,’’ said Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “Stewart Airport is vital to the long-term plans of the Port Authority and management of its aviation system and these repairs are essential to that goal.”

“Stewart International Airport is a vital component in the future growth of the Hudson Valley and this project will help ready Stewart for future passenger growth,’’ said Executive Director Pat Foye. “This significant project will be completed as quickly as possible, without impacting ongoing flight operations.”

“This runway project is another example of the Port Authority doing what it does best,” said Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. “We are investing in and improving the region’s infrastructure while generating $232 million in economic activity and creating 850 good-paying jobs.”

The last rehabilitation to Runway 9-27 was completed in 2001, while Runway 16-34 has not been revamped since 1994. Electrical systems for lighting will be upgraded on both runways, and ductwork is also planned to provide for future electrical and communications improvements.

Award of the construction contract is anticipated in the first quarter of next year, with the majority of the design work being handled by Port Authority staff. The Port Authority will seek reimbursement of eligible project costs through application for federal Airport Improvement Program funding.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Ron Marsico, 212-435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. This includes John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.