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Port Authority eyeing Atlantic City airport for traffic help

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is looking at using Atlantic City International Airport to help expand capacity for the region's air traffic. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

The Port Authority operates the New York area's three major airports — Newark, JFK and LaGuardia — in addition to Teterboro Airport in northern New Jersey and Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y.

New York's three major airports annually handle more than 100 million passengers. Delays at any of the three often have a ripple effect on air travel throughout the United States.

Atlantic City's airport is operated by the South Jersey Transportation Authority. A spokesman for the authority didn't immediately return a phone message Thursday.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.