Port Authority head says no new JFK runways

An expert panel at a Crain's forum on Wednesday disputed the future of new takeoff and landing strips at the hub, shortly after Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said his organization—which controls airfields in the New York metropolitan area—had no plans to construct any. Cotton rejected a suggestion from Crain's Assistant Managing Editor Erik Engquist that JFK follow the model of airports in other global cities by adding greater capacity for arriving and departing flights.

But on the subsequent panel discussion, the British-born Craig Jenks, founder of the consultancy Airline/Aircraft Projects Inc., pointed out that only two of JFK's runways are in use at any one time. Jenks highlighted studies by the Regional Plan Association, a nonprofit think tank, that argued that additional runway would ease chronic congestion and delays at the field.

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