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Monday, October 22, 2021

In an effort to ease the chronic delays at New York’s chronically-congested three international airports, governmental authorities are cooking up a plan for a voluntary scale-back of the volume of flights in and out of the metropolitan area.

I’m curious: I see no mention in this planning of the role of Stewart International Airport, which is slated by the Port Authority of NY/NJ to become the region’s fourth major airport.

In fact, the Port Authority is taking Stewart under its operational umbrella (effective November 1) specifically to take the overflow of air traffic from the three airports to its south. So if that’s the plan, why bother with this reduction plan? Is it strictly a short-term move, until Stewart is up to speed in its safety-valve role?

Of course, I’m of the belief that Stewart’s never going to see a bunch of passenger flights diverted its way from Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark. The Orange County airfield, owing to its location near interstate crossroads, makes more sense as a destination for much of the air-cargo flights that now head into the boroughs and New Jersey; that would free up plenty of gates for passengers closer to Manhattan.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 10/22/2007 10:57:01 PM
Category: Business, New Yorkin'
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