Teterboro Airport, New Jersey


The lobby of Jet Aviation at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey is a tasteful oasis of soothing beige hues and flattering lighting, with a high glass ceiling, well-spaced armchairs and sofas and a baby grand player piano. Ostensibly, it is a posh waiting room for travelers catching private planes out of Jet, one of five FBOs—shorthand for fixed-base operators—that fly, charter and, in some cases, hangar and maintain jets at one of the busiest strictly private airports in the world. And yet very little waiting takes place there. On a recent visit to Jet’s facilities, I spotted approximately a dozen people hanging out in the soaring space, which comfortably seats 50. As a number of Teterboro fliers and workers explain, those who wait are almost inevitably pilots and guests of the “principal,” private-flight parlance for a jet owner or the big dog who has chartered one. Guests have arrived early in observance of a key rule of private-flight etiquette: Be there 30 minutes before the principal or risk being left behind to—gasp—fly commercial out of Newark International. Read More Departures


Teterboro Airport (IATA: TEB[2], ICAO: KTEB, FAA LID: TEB) is a general aviation relief airport in the boroughs of Teterboro, Moonachie, and Hasbrouck Heights in Bergen County, New Jersey. It is owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The airport is 12 miles (19 km) from midtown Manhattan in the New Jersey Meadowlands, which makes it very popular for private and corporate aircraft. The airport has a weight limit of 100,000 pounds (45,000 kg) on aircraft meant to make it nonviable as a commercial airport.

The airport takes up almost all of Teterboro and consists of 827 acres (3.35 km2): 90 acres (0.36 km2) for aircraft hangar and offices, 408 acres (1.65 km2) for aeronautical use and runways, and 329 acres (1.33 km2) undeveloped. The airport has more than 1,137 employees, of whom more than 90% are full-time.

In April 2009 the FAA reported that the airport had the third highest rate of wildlife strikes of any airport in the United States based on takeoffs and landings (43 per 100,000).

Teterboro is home to many private aviation charter companies that fly nationally and globally.[5]

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