With Super Bowl 2014 being held at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, it got me thinking of all the aircraft that will be using the airspace in and around NYC/Northern NJ area. The Super Bowl is notorious for having 4-5 days of increased air traffic and then the huge departure rush starting early in the last quarter of the game.
When the game was held in Houston in 2004, the airspace was flooded with traffic some of which would arrive drop off their passengers and then depart only to return in a few hours with more passengers. The fractional companies were all over the place and if you didn't have a reservation from the ATCSCC you found it even more difficult. Reservations were required to park on the ramps at probably 6-8 different airports in the Houston area, without that reservation you had to drop the passengers off and go somewhere else. It was a great time for sure.
My random thoughts started with what airports within 40 NM of the stadium would be used for these aircraft? Sure places like TEB and HPN, but they are already packed most days. How will this influx of traffic impact EWR/JFK/LGA as they make their way inbound to and outbound from the area? How many more flights a day can EWR/JFK/LGA handle as the airlines will certainly add flights/increase seat capacity?
Please provide your thoughts and comments on this topic even though it is still months away, the planning will surely begin very soon to get all these things and more on the table.