United: Port Authority fleecing airlines at Newark

Newark Liberty Airport’s major carrier is accusing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey of charging excessive fees and illegally diverting the money for non-airport projects.

United Airlines filed a complaint with the Federal Aviation Administration this week, seeking an investigation. United operates about three-quarters of flights at Newark.

The airline says the Port Authority has increased United’s fees 46 percent since 2012 and charges 75 percent more at Newark than at New York’s JFK Airport.

The complaint also claims the agency illegally uses airport revenues to fund projects such as the rehabilitation of the Pulaski Skyway, a property the Port Authority doesn’t own.

The Port Authority said in an email that United “is paying fees to the Port Authority pursuant to a contract that the airline accepted.”

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