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FIFTEEN-PERCENT REDUCTION IN SCHEDULED FLIGHTS AND TEMPORARY CHANGES IN FLIGHT PATTERNS WILL OCCUR DURING NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT'S $97.3 MILLION RUNWAY REHABILITATION PROJECT

Date: Mar 28, 2014
Press Release Number: 69-2014

Residents of Bayonne, Jersey City and Staten Island will hear more planes temporarily

A major 60-day rehabilitation is set to begin Tuesday, April 1 on one of Newark Liberty International Airport's major north-south runways, requiring a temporary change in flight patterns that will bring more planes than usual over communities in Jersey City, Bayonne and Staten Island. However, any resulting community inconvenience may be tempered by the airlines' voluntary 15 percent reduction in scheduled flights over the construction period.

The work on Runway 4L-22R will keep the landing strip in a state-of-good-repair, while adding high-speed taxiways that will help reduce on-ground plane delays. The work also will create more than 500 jobs and approximately $152 million in regional economic activity. Runway 11-29, which runs in an east-west configuration, will see more landing activity than usual with flights heading inbound over portions of Bayonne, Jersey City and Staten Island.

“We regret the inconvenience to residents who typically see a lower volume of planes over their homes, but this work is essential to the safety of fliers and the efficiency of aircraft operations at Newark Liberty International Airport,' said Thomas Bosco, the Port Authority's aviation director. “The high-speed taxiways enable aircraft landing at the airport to exit the runway faster, allowing more efficient use of the airfield to help reduce delays and congestion.”

Serving more than 35 million fliers annually, Newark Liberty International Airport is a vital economic engine for the bi-state region, supporting more than 156,000 jobs, $8 billion in wages, and generating more than $22 billion annually in sales activity.

The project also will include airfield electrical overhaul and feature energy-efficient LED lighting.

Through extensive cooperation and coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and airlines operating at Newark Liberty, work will be staged to minimize the impact on airport operations, the traveling public and airport neighbors.

Runway 4L-22R will be closed for 60 consecutive days beginning April 1, 2014 and ending June 1, 2014 and will operate at reduced capacity from June 1 to June 15. The runway also will be closed an additional 10 days beginning September 20 and ending September 30.

The Port Authority has streamlined its noise complaint hotline system at 800-225-1071, making it easier for residents to lodge specific complaints about aircraft noise. Additionally, the Port Authority has unveiled a new feature on its website that allows residents of communities near JFK, LaGuardia, Newark and Teterboro airports ton track planes and flight patterns on the Port Authority's new WebTrak system, which provides graphics identifying aircraft, decibel noise levels, altitudes, airspace location and origin and destination airports.

This informative feature will help residents better identify which planes and aircraft patterns are causing noise issues. WebTrak, already in use at some other U.S. airports, also allows individuals to log aircraft noise complaints while on the site. WebTrak is accessible at http://webtrak.bksv.com/panynj. While the public now may file complaints on WebTrak, the public also can file noise complaints at http://www.planenoise.com/panynj/daPRAbr9/qs114wbt.php.

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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.


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