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Newark Airport May Be Charging Airlines Too Much. Guess Who Pays?

The FAA says the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey doesn’t explain the fees it makes carriers shell out.

A United Continental Holdings Inc. plane prepares to landing at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, on April 12, 2017.
Photographer: Tim Fadek/Bloomberg

A federal regulator slammed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, saying it doesn’t have a reasonable or transparent method for justifying the fees it charges airlines to use Newark Liberty International Airport, one of three major airports serving the New York metropolitan area.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that the Port Authority has routinely diverted airport revenue to non-airport activities. The FAA review came in response to a complaint filed several years ago by United Continental Holdings Inc., the airport’s largest user.