February 12, 2007

Stewart Again

Mid Hudson News Story, please note the section in bold about a company to run the airport.. Why don't we add AvPorts to the list of potential companies to run ORH under a long-term lease:

Stewart-Port deal firms up

Stewart Airport – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey any day now hopes to be signing its deal with National Express to buy the remaining 93 years on the lease to operate Stewart Airport in Newburgh. When the Port announced its plans last month, it said the deal should be signed by mid-February.

The bi-state agency also said it would name a company to run the airport for it on an interim basis until a more long-term selection could be made. While the Port said no company has been chosen yet, industry sources point to AvPorts as the leading contender. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, the company is no stranger to the northeast US area.

It currently manages Albany International Airport, Atlantic City Airport, Republic Airport on Long Island, Teterboro Airport in New Jersey – another Port Authority-owned airport, Tweed New Haven Airport, Westchester County Airport and the 34th Street Metroport in Manhattan.

A New Jersey Assembly committee last week approved the purchase of the airport; the whole Garden State legislature and governor must approve the deal, which is not expected to be a problem since Stewart is being groomed as a reliever airport for the three metro passenger jetports.

The Port Authority is planning to take over Stewart in early November.

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