As Super Bowl nears, new traffic jam threat looms over New Jersey

Thu Jan 23, 2014 5:44pm EST
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By Victoria Cavaliere

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wealthy football fans headed to next month's Super Bowl might find themselves scrambling to find parking for their private jets, with slots at a small airport near the stadium in New Jersey rapidly filling up, transportation officials said Thursday.

The National Football League's championship game on February 2 is expected to draw many fans who are arranging private or charter flights into and out of the notoriously crowded airspace around New York City.

The game is at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, near New York City.

With game tickets ranging from $500 to $2,600 a seat, the Super Bowl draws the type of clientele that are likely to fly by private jet. In comparison, a ticket to a regular season game at the stadium started at $110.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects more than 1,200 private and charter planes to fly into the region in the week leading up to the game.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates transportation facilities in the region, said it was adding staff and volunteers to welcome visitors at the area's three major airports -- Newark Liberty International, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia.

At the smaller Teterboro Airport, just 2 miles from the stadium, the Port Authority has implemented a special reservation system for private aircraft to help manage the flow of air traffic, the agency said.

Teterboro Airport has space to park more than 600 planes, said Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico, but reservations for those spaces are going fast.   Continued...

A passenger watches the Newark Liberty International Airport from the airtrain station in Newark, New Jersey November 15, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz