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   Vol. 21 No. 29
Monday July 25, 2022

Amazon Cancels Newark Airport

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     “I Don’t Got To Show You No Stinkin’ Badges,” amounts to what Amazon said to The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, operators of Newark Liberty Airport right after the USD$125 million cargo terminal deal with the Bi-State agency fell through. The proposed deal would have paved the way to allow the Jeff Bezos- megaconglomerate to take over almost all the facility, terminating all tenant leases in the building.
     We screamed bloody murder and so did the neighbors around Newark Liberty Airport and, of course so did the shipping companies screwed out of a place to make a living.
     Companies affected included SAS - Scandinavian Airlines, which in fact put Newark air cargo in business in the 1980s, but kept the bitchin’ under wraps after they were sent the kiss off that they needed to seek facilities elsewhere.
     But don’t cry for either the New York and New Jersey Authority or Amazon.
     We regret to report that as far as we can tell from our 50+ years experience, Port Authority is among “The World’s Worst” airport cargo operators.
     Amazon will go right on growing, even if it means continuing to sort packages outside in the weather including near our neighborhood PS 178 Kindergarten windows as pictured here.
     And forget all the political statements.
     What happened plain and simple was hubris and mishandling by both Amazon and the Port Authority.
     But the worst in our view was Port Authority cancelling people and companies out that operated and had a life at Newark Liberty Airport.
     Officials from Make the Road New Jersey, one of the groups that opposed the lease, said Amazon “walked away” after it was “unwilling to meet the minimum requirements that the Newark and Elizabeth communities asked for on labor and environmental practices for the deal.”
     Recently a bit of construction at JFK International Airport has been underway.
     No matter what they build at that airport with vast fields of old, outdated cargo terminals, the Van Wyck Expressway, providing shippers the main truck access route to the airport can best be described as trying to put hundreds of twenty wheelers through the head of a tube of toothpaste.
     It just gets worser and worser . . .

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