Press Release Article


Date: Oct 30, 2003
Press Release Number: 141-2003

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia told Federal Aviation Administrator Marion C. Blakey on Wednesday that the Port Authority will continue to fight the FAA’s proposed policy that would force planes as large as Boeing 737s to land at Teterboro Airport.

During a meeting with Ms. Blakey at FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC, Chairman Coscia said that the Port Authority will do whatever is necessary to keep the weight restriction in place for the benefit of the communities that surround Teterboro Airport. The Chairman also told Ms. Blakey that the proposed policy, if adopted, would have serious negative impacts on Teterboro Airport operations as well as the facility’s infrastructure.

For more than 30 years, the Port Authority’s 100,000-pound rule has been a reliable tool in the operation of Teterboro Airport to help protect its infrastructure and support the facility’s obligation to serve as a reliever airport as designated by the FAA in the National Airport System.

Chairman Coscia said, “Governor McGreevey has directed the Port Authority to be as aggressive as possible in fighting the FAA’s plan to force larger planes at Teterboro Airport, and that’s just what we’re doing. I made it very clear to Administrator Blakey that this proposal is wrong for the airport and it is wrong for the communities surrounding Teterboro Airport. This airport was designed to provide service to general aviation aircraft, not enormous airplanes that the FAA would force upon the residents of Bergen County.”

The Chairman also noted that Teterboro Airport serves smaller generalaviation aircraft, while Newark Liberty International, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports accommodate heavier aircraft.

In addition to the Chairman’s meeting with Ms. Blakey, in late July the Port Authority’s Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution restating its commitment to restricting larger aircraft and directing agency staff to explore every possible way to stop the FAA. The 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, urging them to initiate similar efforts.

The Port Authority also submitted comments to the FAA in August and continues to work with federal, state and local elected officials to pursue unified opposition to the FAA’s policy.

The Port Authority\'s efforts include Capitol Hill, where the agency has closely coordinated with Congressman Steve Rothman, who won passage of a House of Representatives appropriations bill provision that would block the FAA’s proposed policy. The agency also worked with Senators Frank Lautenberg and Jon Corzine, who secured Senate approval of identical legislation.

The Port Authority has taken other measures to improve the quality of life for the residents in and around Bergen County in addition to maintaining the 100,000 pound weight limit, including investing tens of millions of dollars to soundproof nearby schools; instituting an aggressive noise-fighting program that includes a “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” provision to ban any airplane if it receives three noise violations; and prohibiting airlines and operators from providing scheduled service, which maintains the airport as a general aviation service.

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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