Date: Jan 29, 2004
Press Release Number: 8-2004
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia praised the announcement today by New Jersey Congressman Steve Rothman regarding the enactment of federal legislation protecting the bistate agency’s longstanding policy restricting access to Teterboro Airport by larger aircraft.
Chairman Coscia said, “Under the direction of Governor McGreevey, the Port Authority has worked closely with Congressman Rothman to oppose any attempts by the FAA to allow larger planes, like Boeing 737 Business Jets, to use Teterboro Airport. That is why the agency enacted a policy more than 30 years ago to restrict larger planes from using the airport.
“We thank Congressman Rothman and Senators Corzine and Lautenberg for their leadership in securing this legislation – the first of its kind in the nation – that will protect the citizens of Bergen County and keep Teterboro Airport operating as a general aviation facility,” Chairman Coscia said.
The Port Authority, working with federal, state and local officials, has aggressively pursued protecting Teterboro Airport from federal requirements to accept aircraft weighing more than 100,000 pounds, out of concerns about impacts on the surrounding community and the airport’s infrastructure.
Teterboro Airport plays a vital role in the Port Authority’s four-airport system. The region’s financial and medical services rely heavily on Teterboro Airport.
Teterboro Airport accommodates 80 percent of the general aviation flights into and out of the Port Authority’s airports. As a result, general aviation pilots do not have to use the Port Authority’s commercial airports. Teterboro Airport’s existence reduces flight congestion and delays for the 83 million passengers who fly on commercial aircraft at Kennedy, Newark and LaGuardia airports in a typical year.
Teterboro Airport is a major economic engine in Bergen County. More than 1,200 men and women work at Teterboro Airport; 94 percent of them live within 15 miles of the airport. The airport’s operations contribute $500 million to the region’s annual economy.
The Port Authority has instituted several policies to minimize impacts of the airport’s operations on surrounding community, including: