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This editorial appeared in Sunday Record, August 24,
No Heavier Jets Using Teterboro
By Anthony Coscia, Chairman of the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey.
If the Federal Aviation
Administration has its way, you might see heaver planes landing at Teterboro Airport on a
regular basis. This would not be in the best interest of the region or the airport.
Following the directive of Governor McGreevey, the Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey plans to keep fighting to prevent it from happening.
For more than 80 years, the Port Authority has been a proud partner in this regions
progress. This agency has always striven to work with our communities to build a top-notch
transportation system, better opportunities, and a brighter future for the people who
live, work and learn near the areas airports, ports tunnels and bridges and PATH
Since 1949, the Port Authority has owned Teterboro Airport, which is one of the
regions most critical transportation facilities and a major economic engine in
Bergen County. More than1,200 people work at the airport; it contributes more than $500
million annually to the regions economy.
Teterboro Airport has been an important part of our economic progress and has helped make
this regions transportation network one of the finest in the world. Although we have
faced a number of challenges to balance community concerns with airport operations, we
have always shared the same goal to make sure Teterboro effectively serves the
needs of the region and that it continues to serve as a responsible neighbor to the
In addition to its economic contribution, the airport is also a vital component for
responding to emergencies in Bergen County. Medical flights are dependent upon the airport
transporting patients and organs for transplants. The airport is especially
critical to Hackensack University Medical Center.
We are also proud to have been a strong supporter of many efforts to help improve the
quality of life for the residents in and around Bergen, including investing tens of
millions of dollars to soundproof nearby schools, instituting an aggressive noise-fighting
program that bans any airplane it if receives three noise violations; and prohibiting
airlines and operators from providing scheduled service, which maintains the airport as a
general aviation facility.
One of the most important initiatives we have undertaken is implementing a restriction on
aircraft weighing 100,000 pounds or more from utilizing the airport. This policy was
enacted more than 30 years ago to make sure the airport is maintained in the public
interest to help protect infrastructure at the airport and to ensure that Teterboro
remains a general aviation "reliever" airport for the areas other
airports. This policy has served the airport and the nearby community well.
But now the Port Authoritys long-standing, effective policy is in jeopardy because
the FAA is trying to force general aviation facilities across the country to allow
takeoffs and landings of heavier aircraft. The Port Authority is doing everything we can
to stop this from happening.
The FAAs proposed plan is a bad policy that will have a negative impact on the
operations of Teterboro. The runways are not designed to handle heavier planes, and
forcing the airport to allow these jets to land there would decrease the life expectancy
of the runways and negatively affect overall airport operations.
Last week, the Port Authority, along with more than 700 elected officials, community
leaders and residents submitted to the FAA their strong statements of opposition to their
plan. In addition, the Port Authoritys Board of Commissioners recently passed a
resolution restating its commitment to restricting the larger aircraft and directing the
agencys staff to explore every way possible to stop the FAA.
But our job is not done. We must be committed to doing whatever it takes to keep these
heavier aircraft from landing here, and we will continue to fight aggressively. If we are
going to be successful, it is going to take everyones hard work and commitment.
Anthony Coscia is chairman of the
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.