2006-03-03 / Community

Program Promises New Airport Jobs

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that it will spend more than $1.6 million to fund the Council for Airport Opportunity (CAO), a program that provides job recruitment and replacement services for residents of the areas surrounding John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports. The allocation will fund the program’s operations through 2006.

Last year, the CAO found employment for 923 New Jersey residents and 696 New Yorkers. The types of jobs include management, aircraft maintenance, ground operations, flight attendants, food service, and passenger service.

“The year 2005 was a record setting one for passenger travel at our airports and we expect this positive trend to continue,” Port Authority Anthony R. Coscia said. “The Council for Airport Opportunity is an important organization that prepares and assists minority and disadvantaged residents living near our airports in gaining employment, and it provides our airports a first-rate workforce as we endeavor to provide world-class service in a growing industry.”

Port Authority vice chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “Since it was created in 1972, the Council for Airport Opportunity has assisted more than 32,000 residents in New York and New Jersey in preparing and obtaining jobs in the aviation field.

The Port Authority has a responsibility to provide opportunities for those who live near our airports, which is why it is crucial that we continue to provide funding for this worth while program.”

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