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

Eastern Region Airport Layout Plan (ALP) Policy Guidance


National Policy and Resources