Port Authority and NYCEDC Study Calls for Modernization and Access Improvements to Help Boost Air Cargo at JFK Airport
Industry and government agencies can significantly bolster the competitive position of JFK’s air cargo services by improving truck access, replacing outdated buildings and business practices, while also boosting promotional efforts, according to a study released today by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
The joint report, commissioned by both agencies and prepared by Landrum & Brown Inc. consultants, seeks to help JFK regain its dominance in air cargo tonnage, which slipped in ranking from third to seventh nationwide between 2000 and 2010. Changing patterns in international air traffic and the economic downturn are among various factors responsible for a 25% drop in air cargo tonnage at JFK over that decade.
Stakes for making improvements are high: In addition to supporting over 50,000 jobs, the air cargo industry provides nearly $3 billion in wages and over $8.5 billion in sales in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area alone. Some initiatives contained in the report already are underway, with others planned to begin soon to strengthen this vital industry.
Key among the study’s recommendations is a revised physical master plan to guide future growth of JFK’s cargo operations, while identifying specific action items for implementation. The study includes plans to expand opportunities at JFK’s existing Foreign Trade Zone to defer taxes on goods processed in the zone, increase cargo tonnage, build new state-of-the-art cargo facilities and improve cooperation between agencies to move cargo trucks in and out of the airport more efficiently.