Upgrading to World Class:
The Future of the New York Region's Airports

JP Morgan Chase Conference Center
One Chase Manhattan Plaza, 60th floor, New York, NY 10005 (map)
January 27, 2011
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Join the Better Airports Alliance, Regional Plan Association and JP Morgan Chase at a Major Conference to on Solutions to Airport Congestion at the New York Region's Airports.

Upgrading to World Class: The Future of the New York Region's Airports will be a premier conference aimed at addressing the chronic problem of airport congestion and delays at Newark, JFK and LaGuardia airports.  Delays in the New York region are consistently ranked amongst the worst in the nation, costing the local economy an estimated $2.6 billion per year in lost time, fuel and wages and creating a delay ripple effect around the nation and globally.  Passenger growth is expected to continue but no plan is in place to address current airport constraints and meet future needs.

The conference will bring together hundreds of top business, civic, philanthropic, media and government leaders from across the metropolitan region and nation to hear about and discuss actionable solutions.  The centerpiece for discussion will be the roll-out of recommendations emerging from a two-year long collaborative planning and research process to determine the New York region's airport capacity needs over the next generation and potential gains from a series of actions.

Recommended actions will range from better navigations systems, expansion of our three existing airports, greater use of other airports, investment in intercity rail to divert air passengers and demand management actions such as pricing, restrictions by time of day, distance or destinations of flights or by size of aircraft. Capacity gains from each action will be presented along with their cost, impact on the environment, and actors responsible for implementation.  The conference will identify the barriers to overcome and include a discussion of strategies for moving forward.

The Day's Agenda

8:00am - 8:30am
Registration and Breakfast
8:30am - 8:35am
Welcome and Introduction
Thomas K. Wright, Executive Director, Regional Plan Association
8:35am - 8:55am
Morning Keynote: Airports and the World Class City
Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Penn School of Design, SOM
8:55am - 9:15am
The State of the New York Region's Airports: Key Challenges
Christopher O. Ward, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
9:15am - 10:15am
An Airports Agenda for the New York Region
Overview of Recommendations plus Q+A
Jeffrey M. Zupan, Senior Fellow, Regional Plan Association
10:15am - 10:30am
Coffee Break
10:30am - 10:35am
Setting the Stage: Key Hurdles
Robert Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association
10:35am - 11:35am
NextGen: Making it Work Best
Moderator: Brian Sullivan, FOX Business Network
Susan Baer, Director of Aviation, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Captain Steve Dickson, Senior Vice President, Flight Operations, Delta Air Lines, Inc. & Chairman, RTCA Task Force 5
Mitchell Moss, Director, NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management
Sharon Pinkerton, Vice President for Government Affairs, Air Transport Association
11:35am - 11:40am
Five Minute Coffee Break
11:40am - 12:40pm
Expansion: Not If but When
Moderator: Erik Engquist, Senior Reporter, Crain's New York Business
Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City
Chris Cain, Chair, Forum of Regional European Airports
Al Appleton, International Consultant, Sustainable Infrastructure and Environmental Programs, Senior Fellow Cooper Union Institute of Sustainable Design
Barbara E. Kauffman, Executive Vice President, Newark Regional Business Partnership
12:40 pm
1:00 pm
Luncheon Program
Afternoon Keynote: Airports and the Economy
Robert K. Steel, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of New York
Michael Huerta, Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration

Introduced by Elliot G. Sander, Chair, Regional Plan Association
1:45 - 2:00pm
Next Steps and Conclude
Bob Yaro, President, Regional Plan Association

About RPA

Regional Plan Association is America's oldest independent urban planning, research and advocacy group. Now in its 89th year, RPA prepares long range plans and policies to guide the growth and development of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. RPA also provides leadership on national infrastructure, sustainability and competitiveness concerns. RPA enjoys broad support from the region's and nation's business, philanthropic, civic, and planning communities.

About the Better Airports Alliance
The Better Airports Alliance, a coalition of business, civic, labor and environmental organizations, was established to educate residents in the New York Metropolitan Region on the problem of airport delays, provide fresh solutions to relieve congestion and build consensus for major improvements. Through research, public out­reach and advocacy, our goals are to increase public understanding of the urgent issues facing the New York region's airports, reduce the negative impacts airport congestion currently has on the economy and plan for future growth.

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