Press Release Article


Date: Dec 08, 2014
Press Release Number: 245-2014

Stewart's shorter Runway 16-34 also undergoing rehabilitation

One of the nation's longest commercial airport runways returned to service today as officials from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey reopened the full length of the 11,817-foot-long Runway 9-27 at Stewart International Airport.

Runway 9-27, along with the airport's second, shorter runway, was completely repaved as part of the $100 million capital project – the largest in the airport's history. With the runway work complete and efforts ongoing to add a Federal Inspection Services area in the terminal, Stewart is poised to handle future international commercial flights.

“As we continue to work aggressively to increase air service at Stewart, it's important that we make the necessary infrastructure investments to maintain a modern, efficient airport that's attractive not only to our customers, but also to potential new carriers,” Port Authority Aviation Director Thomas L. Bosco said. “I applaud everyone who worked for months to overhaul these two runways – from planning and design through the safe and successful construction of nearly three-and-a-half miles of runways.”

While some additional work remains on related runway infrastructure, the project celebrated its most important milestone today with the reopening of the full length of Runway 9-27 for flight operations.

The runway project is among dozens of improvements made to the airport by the Port Authority since the agency took control about seven years ago. More than half of the construction contracts executed by the Port Authority since it took over in November 2007 have been awarded to firms based in the Lower Hudson Valley, with more than 75 percent of the contract dollars going to local firms.

Stewart's longest runway is capable of handling Air Force One, the A380 – the world's biggest passenger aircraft and large military transport planes.

The rehabilitated runways, which create additional business opportunities for Stewart by making the airport available for flight diversions, also will support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's initiative to increase the airport's cargo capacity.

Earlier this month, the Governor announced the Port Authority will produce a plan in conjunction with Empire State Development to design a regional cargo distribution hub at Stewart. To maximize and promote expanding distribution, the state of New York also will propose creating a tax-free START-UP NY Zone at Stewart that allows companies to move back-office manufacturing into one, connected major distribution center.

Stewart International Airport currently contributes roughly $450 million in economic activity to the Hudson Valley region, generating approximately 3,300 jobs and more than $160 million in annual wages and salaries.

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