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PORT AUTHORITY BOARD COMMITS TO FIGHT FAA, PLEDGES TO BLOCK LARGER PLANES FROM TETERBORO AIRPORT

Date: Jul 31, 2003
Press Release Number: 102-2003

As part of its ongoing effort to block the Federal Aviation Administration’s plan to force Teterboro Airport to let airplanes as large as 737s land on its runways, the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners today passed a resolution restating its commitment to restricting the larger aircraft and directing agency staff to explore every way possible to stop the FAA. The resolution reaffirms and continues Teterboro Airport\'s long-time restriction on the weight of aircraft using the airport and vows to oppose attempts by the FAA to change it.

The resolution, which received unanimous support, said that for more than 30 years, the Port Authority has imposed a restriction on aircraft at Teterboro that exceed the runway design weight of 100,000 pounds.

The resolution also stated some of the negative impacts that such a policy change would have on the operations at Teterboro, including how the proposed policy \"would hamper the way in which the Port Authority, as proprietor of the airport, maintains the airport in the public interest,\" and \"require(s) the airport and airport neighbors to accept aircraft in excess of the aforementioned weight restriction.\"

In addition to today’s board action, the Port Authority has committed to aggressively work with federal, state and local elected officials to pursue unified opposition to the FAA’s policy. Upon its approval, today’s resolution was immediately sent to the FAA, the Congressional delegations of New Jersey and New York, state and local legislators, and leaders of communities in the vicinity of Teterboro Airport.

Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, \"We vehemently oppose the FAA\'s suggested change in policy regarding planes over 100,000 pounds at Teterboro Airport. The Port Authority is working diligently with Congressman Steve Rothman, U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Jon Corzine, and other community leaders and residents who share the concerns about the negative impact this policy would have.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"Teterboro Airport operates as a ‘reliever’ airport and its primary role is to accommodate general aviation and corporate aircraft. The Port Authority operates an airport system designed to allow large, heavy aircraft to use the three commercial airports within our system. We are strongly opposed to any changes to this policy, as this would nullify the current operating parameters at Teterboro Airport and require major upgrades to Teterboro’s infrastructure.\"

Port Authority Director of Aviation William R. DeCota said, \"We are concerned about the ability of Teterboro to handle planes over 100,000 pounds if the FAA forces this policy on
the Port Authority and the people of this region. Our policy restricting planes weighing 100,000 pounds and also was created to ensure that Teterboro Airport would remain a general aviation airport while heavier commercial aircraft utilized Newark Liberty and Kennedy International airports, as well as LaGuardia Airport.\"

The FAA’s public comment period on their proposed policy ends on August 15.

The Port Authority urges residents in the surrounding communities of Teterboro Airport to offer their opinions on the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed policy to allow heavier aircraft to use the airport. Individuals who wish to send comments should identify the beginning of their statement: FAA Docket Number FAA-2003-15495 and may mail them to:

The Docket Management System
U.S. Department of Transportation
Room Plaza 401, 400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20590-0001

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the 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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