Port Authority Won't Make Room For Big Jets At Teterboro Airport

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The fight over big iron at Teterboro Airport has flared once again. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has renewed its efforts to fight a federal proposal that would allow larger jets to land at the busy GA airport. On Oct. 29, Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia told FAA officials his agency would not provide funding for any site changes that would be needed if the plan to allow jets weighing more than 100,000 pounds to land at Teterboro was approved. "We are not going to adapt our runways, create a blast fence, or expand our taxiways. We are not going to make those changes to Teterboro," Coscia told The Record of Bergen County. "We are not going to do anything from a practical standpoint to allow those planes to land there." The Port Authority fears the plan could open the door for more jets of similar size to land at Teterboro, plus other planes that normally fly to Newark Liberty International Airport. Currently, the large jets are banned because they could damage Teterboro's runways. However, Boeing had lobbied the FAA in a bid to gain access to the airport for its 737 Business Jet, citing its proximity to Manhattan.