Date: Mar 14, 2001
Press Release Number: 34-2001
The Port Authority\'s unprecedented actions that averted potential chaos at LaGuardia Airport by limiting flights at peak periods have been recognized with a prestigious national aviation award.
At the direction of Executive Director Robert E. Boyle, Port Authority staff imposed a moratorium on new flights at LaGuardia on October 1, 2000, to prevent a number of airlines from taking advantage of recent federal legislation by adding dozens of additional flights a day at the already congested airport. For the successful implementation of this innovative action, Mr. Boyle and the Port Authority have received an Aerospace Laurel award from Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.
The temporary moratorium was part of the Port Authority\'s comprehensive program to reduce noise and congestion at LaGuardia. Led by Mr. Boyle, the Port Authority also lobbied the Federal Aviation Administration to impose a lottery to restrict new flights at the airport. These actions by the Port Authority and the FAA have led to significant reductions in flight delays at LaGuardia Airport.
\"We are happy that Aviation Week & Space Technology has honored the Port Authority, but we are even happier that we were able to protect travelers from an intolerable situation,\" Mr. Boyle said. \"The success of the LaGuardia moratorium shows the skill and imagination that Port Authority staff brings to the management of the region\'s airports. The Port Authority responded with bold innovation to benefit our customers.
\"The Port Authority will continue to work with all concerned parties - including the FAA, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the airlines and the region\'s local, state and federal representatives - on a permanent solution to the chronic problem of flight congestion at LaGuardia,\" Mr. Boyle added.
The 44th annual Aerospace Laurels honor individuals and teams for making \"significant contributions to the global field of aerospace.\" The magazine\'s editors said the Port Authority\'s \"unprecedented action halted a wild influx of traffic that … would have choked an already congested LaGuardia Airport and increased its skyrocketing delay tally. The move set government wheels in motion to find a solution not only for LaGuardia, but also for other airports with similar congestion problems.\"