Date: Mar 26, 2008
Press Release Number: 28-2008
PA Adding Taxiways at JFK to Reduce Delays
John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, Stewart International and LaGuardia airports combined to serve a record 109,983,372 passengers in 2007, an increase of more than 5 percent over 2006 levels.
Passenger demand is expected to continue to grow, and the Port Authority has an aggressive agenda to expand airport capacity to accommodate passengers. As a part of agency efforts, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners will consider approving funding tomorrow for the study and design development of taxiway and runway access projects that will increase efficiencies and mitigate delays caused by taxiway congestion at JFK. The $5 million authorization is part of the $150 million Runway Access Improvements/JFK Delay Reduction Program the Board approved in December 2006.
The new taxiway and runway access projects will provide additional flexibility in routing aircraft to and from the ends of runways, improve the staging of departing aircraft and provide space for aircraft to queue for quicker departure.
The runway access program is one of the recommendations of the Port Authority's Flight Delay Task Force, which provided more than 100 recommendations designed to increase capacity, reduce delays and improve customer service without curtailing choices for customers.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "Congestion and delays undermine our ability to serve passengers, and passenger demand at our airports is only going to continue to increase. We are doing our part at the Port Authority, in the short term with programs such as JFK's runway access improvements, and in the long term, making more than $6 billion in airport investments."
Port Authority Executive Director Anthony E. Shorris said, "With every flight delay, with every hour of productivity lost to an aging and outdated air-traffic system, we harm not only our regional economy, but the nation's economy as well. When the Port Authority convened its high level Flight Delay Task Force last year, we were told that more action is needed. Today we're taking action on one of the Task Force's most important recommendations, and over the last weeks we have already begun implementing others, working with airlines to rationalize schedules and making immediate improvements to expand capacity. Now we urge the FAA to do its part to help alleviate delays by implementing all of our Task Force's recommendations for them."
The options for improvements that are a part of the runway access program include: