Press Release Article
HIGH-TECH INFRARED RADIANT DEICING FACILITY
COMING TO JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Date: Jun 24, 2004
Press Release Number: 83-2004
JFK is Second Airport in the Region to Receive State-of-the-Art System; Has Been in Place at Newark Liberty International Airport Since 1999
Beginning this winter, airlines at John F. Kennedy International Airport will be able to deice aircraft as large as a B747-300 at a new facility that will use infrared energy to melt and evaporate ice and snow, under a contract approved by the Port Authority Board of Commissioners today.
The Infra-Tek system, as it is known, is the only infrared radiant system approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for deicing commercial aircraft. It was installed five years ago at Newark Liberty International Airport by Continental Airlines.
“Airport operators and airlines must run a coordinated, cooperative operation during wintry weather to avoid inconveniencing travelers,” Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said. “The Port Authority, for instance, uses the latest snow-clearing equipment to keep runways free and clear, while airlines work continuously to clean ice and snow from their aircraft. The new deicing facility, similar to one that has proven successful at Newark Liberty International Airport, will help make winter operations at JFK even more efficient, further reducing the possibility of weather-related delays and cancellations.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “With about 86 million annual passengers, this region is the world’s greatest origin-and-destination market. To maintain our competitiveness, we must ensure our airports house the best and latest technologies, such as infrared radiant deicing, and we remain committed to providing cutting-edge amenities that will make our customers’ experience safe and secure.”
Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “Few people think about snow in June, but we will reap the benefits in January. This facility will enable carriers at JFK to improve their on-time performance for departures and minimize cancellations while strengthening the airport’s position as a premier global gateway.”
Construction is expected to begin in July and will be completed in time for winter. The facility, which is being built and will be operated by Radiant Aviation Services, has an estimated cost of $9.5 million. About two-thirds of the cost is being paid for with an FAA grant, and several airlines already have indicated their intention to use the facility.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Port Authority-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.