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PORT AUTHORITY SELECTS CONSULTANT TO HELP AUGMENT AIR SERVICE AT STEWART AIRPORT

Date: Oct 22, 2008
Press Release Number: 119-2008

On the eve of the first anniversary of its takeover of Stewart International Airport, the Port Authority has selected a consulting firm to collect, research and analyze data that will help the agency create a strategic, long-term plan for expanding air services at the Hudson Valley facility.

Officials of TranSystems of Alexandria, Va., will initially review the region's air service market, looking at existing and past commercial, cargo, business and corporate activity at Stewart and other Port Authority facilities and regional airports. A wide range of local stakeholders, including citizen groups, area tourism and travel experts, economic development officers and civic leaders, will be part of the firm's outreach plan.

"The last year has been an exciting time for us at Stewart Airport, even with the challenges faced by the aviation industry," said Port Authority Director of Aviation William R. DeCota. "We've already invested tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements at Stewart, and as we prepare to make additional enhancements, we're supporting that work with this new effort to bring Hudson Valley residents and businesses the services they want and need at their local airport."

Since taking over the lease at Stewart Airport on November 1, 2007, the Port Authority has created more than 400 new parking spots, improved roadway access to the terminal in conjunction with the New York State Department of Transportation, added 200 new seats for passengers in baggage-claim and gate areas, and staffed the terminal with Customer Care Representatives to assist passengers.

The agency also created a Citizens' Advisory Panel, made up of members nominated by community officials, to seek feedback on the airport's role in the region. Additionally, the Port Authority has awarded more than $25 million in contracts for airport-related work since late last year, with about one-third of the total to firms in the Hudson Valley. Several firms hired from outside the Hudson Valley have employed local workers and firms to help fulfill their airport contracts.

Contact:
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Pasquale DiFulco, 212-435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include 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; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.


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