NY airports study expansion possibilities

The Port Authority of New York and New

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said on July 8 that about one-third of flights through the Kennedy, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports were delayed or cancelled in 2009. (June 18, 2011) (Credit: AP)

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Faced with too many planes and too little space, the agency that owns New York’s airports wants to hear ideas on how to expand its runways and reduce flight delays.  

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says about one-third of flights through the Kennedy, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports were delayed or cancelled in 2009. Those delays ripple throughout the United States.

The Port Authority is now reviewing proposals for an 18-month study on the issue. The Federal Aviation Administration will pay part of the cost.

In January, a report by the Regional Plan Association recommended building an additional runway at either
Newark Liberty or Kennedy. But it warned that construction at Kennedy might require filling in parts of the federally protected Jamaica Bay.

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