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Eastern Region - Planning & Capacity

New York Metropolitan Area Air Service Demand Study Introduction

The FAA issued Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants to the Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ), the New York State DOT (NYSDOT) and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to conduct a Regional Air Service Demand Study for the New York City metropolitan area. The nine (9) airports evaluated were the PANYNJ's John F. Kennedy International (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark Liberty (EWR), as well as, Stewart International, Westchester County and Islip-MacArthur in New York State, Trenton Mercer and Atlantic City International in New Jersey and Lehigh Valley International in Pennsylvania. For each of these airports the study:

  • Conducted passenger surveys to ascertain origins and destination, airport choice factors and other critical data
  • Developed a passenger, cargo and air traffic operations activity forecast
  • Developed a forecast of trip origin and destination volumes
  • Developed a projection of air carrier schedules
  • Assessed the existing capacity of the airports to meet current and forecasted demand

The study concludes that by about 2010, the airfields at JFK and EWR will be approaching capacity (LGA is not included because it is assumed that demand management slot controls will remain in place). It also concludes that options for expanding airfield capacity at the PANYNJ airports are very challenging. Finally it concludes that additional future regional aviation capacity will likely result from a combination of: 1) increasing airfield capacity at JFK, EWR and LGA , 2) infrastructure improvements at the region's smaller commercial airports such as terminal development, auto parking and access roads, 3) and ground access improvements to airports where available airfield capacity exists such as Stewart International.

New York Metropolitan Area Air Service Demand Study Content

National Policy and Resources

Airport planning encompasses capacity, master and regional planning, aviation forecasting, and airspace planning. Activities include providing planning guidance, producing the biennial National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, developing capacity studies, collecting boarding and cargo data to determine airport categories, and supporting NexGen through the development of tools such as the eALP.

Order 5090.5, Formulation of the NPIAS-ACIP

This Order establishes guidelines for managing and maintaining two federal plans that are essential to airport development: the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) and the Airports Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP). The Order also discusses the NPIAS project database that supports these plans and its use for preparing the Secretary of Transportation's biennial NPIAS Report. This new Order replaces both Order 5100.39A, Airports Capital Improvement Plan and Order 5090.3, Field Formulation of the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).

Advisory Circulars (ACs)

Airport Master Planning

Aviation Forecasts

Guidance & Policy

NextGen for Airports

Passenger, Cargo, & Operations Data

Publications& Forms

Tools & Resources

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