FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 23, 2005
Schumer Urges Port Authority To Divert Air Traffic From Teterboro Airport To Stewart International Airport
Moving traffic will expand Stewart Airport and aid development Senator pushes Coscia to meet with Seliga to discuss general aviation traffic Schumer: Stewart has the potential to be a very strong regional international airport
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today urged the Port Authority to support the expansion of Stewart International Airport by moving some of the general aviation, private airplane, traffic at Teterboro Airport to Stewart. Schumer asked Anthony Coscia, Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey meet with Stewart Airport’s President and COO, Charles Seliga to forge a partnership that would move some air traffic at Teterboro Airport to Stewart.
“Moving more air traffic to Stewart would be a huge shot in the arm for expansion and development there,” Schumer said. “Stewart is eager to expand and can handle any additional traffic sent its way. I have been working for years to help make Stewart a stronger regional international airport for commercial passenger flights, freight and general aviation, and this would keep Stewart moving in the right direction.”
As has been widely reported, Teterboro is near to, or over capacity and is in need of relief. Schumer suggested those customers who were encouraged to move to Stewart from Teterboro would find the airport very accommodating with a reasonable pricing structure, easy access to the metropolitan area, and an expanding customer base in the rapidly growing Hudson Valley.
In his personal letter to Mr. Coscia, Schumer wrote, "Stewart has the infrastructure already in place to accommodate any additional traffic. The airport is also growing both in passenger count and recognition in New York and all over the Northeast.” Seliga wrote to Mr. Coscia in June requesting the meeting.
Stewart was number one in the nation in passenger growth for 2004. Traffic at Stewart rose 33 percent, the best of any of the nation’s commercial airports. In June 2004, Schumer announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had agreed, at his request, to send new security screeners and add a second security screening lane at Stewart. The lack of a second security screening lane had caused delays during Stewart’s busiest hours of the weeks, when wait times can sometimes exceed an hour, according to airport officials.