NY MAYOR SAYS PORT AUTHORITY NEGLECTS LAGUARDIA, JFK

NY MAYOR SAYS PORT AUTHORITY NEGLECTS LAGUARDIA, JFK

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said he will hire independent consultants to propose improvements at the city's airports because the Port Authority is neglecting them.

"The Port Authority pays more attention to Newark than to either JFK or LaGuardia," Mr. Giuliani told a news conference last week. The authority runs all three airports.George Marlin, executive director of the Port Authority, said it's studying operations at Newark International and said the study was expected to have "important implications for the management of Kennedy and LaGuardia

airports."

"The Port Authority is dedicated to making our airports first-class operations," he said.

Mr. Giuliani said Kennedy and LaGuardia airports generated more than 207,000 jobs and $18 billion in economic activity last year.

"Important issues at hand here include customer service, ease of access and the overall quality and management of the facilities," he said.

John Dyson, deputy mayor for finance and economic development, said the two airports served 50 million passengers and 1.5 million tons of cargo in 1994.

So far this year, passenger and cargo levels have increased 7 percent and 16 percent, respectively, he said.