Final report on New York-New Jersey-Philadelphia airspace redesign issued

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week issued the final environmental impact statement for the New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia (NY-NJ-Philly) airspace redesign project, which seeks to reduce delays in and out of the airports in the New York to Philadelphia metropolitan areas.

The document does not list a preferred alternative, but all indications are that the agency will choose the integrated airspace alternative, from the draft environmental impact statement issued earlier this year.

Regardless of its decision, the agency must wait a minimum of 30 days before issuing the record of decision, which will identify the final preferred alternative.

If it is the integrated airspace alternative, the agency will likely stipulate further noise mitigation measures, which will lead to the development of routes in and out of all airports, including New Jersey's Teterboro.

But whether the new routes will be successful is not clear. The agency faces a number of legal challenges from area residents upset over noise concerns