The fourth jetport controversy
The Airlines, the Port Authority, the FAA and other stakeholders agreed that only a new airport could really alleviate the situation at JFK. The search for a potential location for the so-called “fourth jetport” had started as early as 1959.
By 1965, the Port Authority had issued four major reports on 20 possible sites for a new jetport in the metropolitan area, but only one was found to meet all its criteria. This was the Great Swamp area in Morris County, N.J., about 25 miles west of Manhattan. However, opposition by New Jersey Politicians and local residents defeated this plan and part of the area became a National Wildlife Refuge.
By 1967 a location for the so-called “fourth-jeport” still hadn’t been found. The expectation was it could take at least another ten years before a new airport would be ready. As a result, the authority refocused on expanding both Kennedy and Newark airports. The fourth jetport would never be built.
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