The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) will pay a $3.5 million fine to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for aircraft rescue and firefighting violations in an agreement reached between the two parties.
The fine must be paid within 30 days, or the FAA will impose an additional fine of $1.5 million as well as an additional $27,500 daily for each violation, says the FAA.
The violations occurred from December 2010 to June 2012 at four New York airports owned and operated by the PANYNJ - John F. Kennedy (JFK), Teterboro, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty.
Besides paying the fine, the PANYNJ also agreed to take certain actions under the settlement agreement reached with the FAA.
These include creating a dedicated aircraft rescue and firefighting force to carry out such functions, as well as hiring a fire chief and facility captains no later than 31 March. The PANYNJ will also conduct monthly internal audits of aircraft rescue and firefighting training.
The FAA says it became aware of the violations during an annual airport certification safety inspection of JFK in December 2011.The agency then discovered similar violations at Teterboro, which prompted a full review of training at the other airports and Stewart International Airport, which is also operated by the PANYNJ. No violations were found at Stewart.