TEB Plans Fee Increases

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If the Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J. has its way -- and it usually does -- the so-called "flight" fees imposed at Teterboro (TEB) will go up as of Jan. 1. The fee increases are being imposed, says the authority, to help cover the costs of "increased operating, capital and safety improvement expenditures at the airport." Among the improvements for which the authority is seeking additional monies are taxiway pavement and edge lighting, plus enhancing the airport's drainage systems and new fire/rescue vehicles. Interested parties will have the opportunity to comment on the increased fees at the Port Authority's monthly airport manager's meeting, set for 10:00 am on Dec. 14.

Under the authority's plan, fees for aircraft with a maximum gross takeoff weight under 12,500 lbs. will increase from $15.00 to $22.50. Aircraft weighing 12,500 lbs., up to 80,000 lbs., will be assessed at $3.15 per 1,000 lbs. Aircraft weighing more than 80,000 will be charged $3.90 per each 1,000 lbs. All gross weights are based on FAA certification; yes, the Port Authority did place aircraft such as the King Air 200, which has a maximum gross takeoff weight of exactly 12,500 lbs, into the more costly category.