2011-07-15 / Top Stories

PA Sets Study To Study The Study

By Howard Schwach


JFK Airport with a new runway as part of the Regional Plan Association proposal. JFK Airport with a new runway as part of the Regional Plan Association proposal. Faced with too many planes and too little runway space, the Port Authority, the agency that owns the three major local airports – John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty – will soon begin studying a recent study put out by the Regional Plan Association, which recommended building an additional runway on what is now Jamaica Bay. The plan to reduce flight delays at the busy airport will be funded partially by the PA and partially by the Federal Aviation

Administration (FAA). Nearly one-third of the flights at its three airports, says the PA, are delayed each year due to the lack of runway capacity. Proposals for an 18-month study of the Regional Plan Association study are now being reviewed by the Port Authority. The RPA plan recommended building or expanding a runway on Jamaica Bay, which is protected from such development by federal law.

Much of the bay is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area.

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