NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is considering taking over operation of Atlantic City International Airport to help reduce air traffic congestion at New York-area airports, officials said Thursday.
The agency announced Thursday that it has authorized $3 million for a feasibility study that will look at financial, legal and environmental issues.
The Port Authority operates the New York area's three major airports — Newark, JFK and LaGuardia — in addition to Teterboro Airport in northern New Jersey and Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y.
Newark, JFK and LaGuardia annually handle more than 100 million passengers. Delays at any of the three often have a ripple effect on air travel throughout the United States.
Legislation in 2007 in both New York and New Jersey empowered the Port Authority to establish one additional air terminal in each state. The Port Authority acquired an interest in Stewart Airport in 2007.
Atlantic City's airport is operated by the South Jersey Transportation Authority. A spokesman for the authority declined to comment on the Port Authority's plans Thursday.