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Regional Plan Association today released images, program materials, video and audio files of "Upgrading to World Class: the Future of the New York Region's Airports," held Thursday, January 27th at the JP Morgan Chase Conference Center in Lower Manhattan. Recap the days' events including keynote speeches by Marilyn Taylor, Chris Ward, Robert Steel and Michael Huerta and the presentation of RPA's long range planning study, "Upgrading to World Class: The Future of the New York Region's Airports," the centerpiece for discussion. More materials, including presentations and transcripts will be posted as they become available. We'll be announcing the releases on Twitter, so sign up to follow us.

(NY, NY) Regional Plan Association, working alongside experts, stakeholders and members of the Better Airports Alliance, today released a comprehensive report and recommendations on increasing the New York region's overall airport capacity and efficiency over the next generation. Entitled "Upgrading to World Class: The Future of the Regions Airports," the report is the result of a two-year long collaborative planning and research effort. Most notably, the report calls for the expeditious implementation of NextGen technologies to transform the nation's air traffic control system and immediate planning for the eventual expansion and/or reconfiguration of John F. Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports.

The RPA report will be the centerpiece for discussion at a full-day conference being held today, hosted by RPA and the Better Airports Alliance at JP Morgan Chase. The conference, also entitled, "Upgrading to World Class: The Future of the New York Region's Airports," will bring together hundreds of top business, civic, philanthropic, media and government leaders from across the metropolitan region and nation to discuss the report findings.

To all the Upgrading to World Class: The Future of the New York's Region's Airports conference attendees: we will be starting the program at 10am in stead of 8am and on a revised schedule due to the storm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Regional Plan Association, the Better Airport Alliance and the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management held a morning breakfast forum on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 on how airports in the United Kingdom have dealt with congestion issues. Chris Cain, Chair of the Forum of Regional European Airports and head of the Airport Development Team at Newquay Airport in the United Kingdom, described the challenges and strategies for addressing delays and economic losses caused by growing air congestion. Mr. Cain, also co-author of "The Future of Air Transport," a seminal white paper on planning for airport growth in the United Kingdom, discussed the London experience, drew comparisons to New York and touched on how other European airports - Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels - adapted as well. As the New York-New Jersey region continues to think about how to address the most severe congestion in the nation, lessons from other airports can help shape our own solutions.

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