Warwick mayor opposes T.F. Green plan

WARWICK – The city of Warwick opposes the Federal Aviation Administration’s preferred alternative for runway expansion at T.F Green Airport. In a statement prepared for a public hearing on the project held last night, Mayor Scott Avedisian and Warwick planning officials said the FAA’s preliminary selection ignores the city’s concerns about “flawed findings predicated on…

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  1. Mayor Avedisian is not known for engaging in public confrontation. He appears to avoid public argument as much as possible. The fact that he is currently engaged in a conflict with FAA, which could actually hurt his statewide appeal on some levels, is a testament to the severity of the situation in Warwick. The airport is driving our City into debt through uncompensated losses in our tax base. It is also putting our State’s finances at risk as it continues to push unpopular programs that will drive our charges to the airlines to the top of the nation. We could very well end up with an expensive runway extension at an airport that airlines will try to avoid due to high costs and overhead charges. That’s not “economic development”.

  2. With all due respect to the citizens of Warwick, TF Green airport is a such a key aspect of the economy in Rhode Island, the state and Federal governments must push this project through over local objections. If they let it fall into obsolescence, the way it was before the Sundlun Terminal was built, it would be economic suicide. In our fair state we have very little going for us economically, but a dynamic, low cost airport. As travel is required to be a part of the national economy, an airport that can only take flights from large hubs creates a handicap for out of state (or international) companies to do business here. Without a growing airport RI’s economy is DEAD.

  3. Everybody knows when they buy a house near an airport what they are getting into and anybody on this site who says otherwise is lying. The airport benefits all of rhode island including warwick and we need expansion one way or another. If you’re against expansion on any level, your just part of the problem, not the solution.

  4. With all due respect to the citizens of Warwick, TF Green Airport is a major element in the economy of the Providence Metro Area (RI and souneast MA).

    Frankly, the airport was built to serve the metro and all residents around it should have always ben aware of it and understand that Providence is a major American metro- Warwick just being a part of it.

    We must grow the airport to match the economic size and national destination that Providence is!!!
    All opposition must be overcome by the realization that major cities (Providence) have major airports. Grow up people;you do not live in a little town…this is major American metropolitan area.

  5. Perhaps the Warwick mayor would favor rerouting 95 along the 295 corridor and demolishing the existing highway because it caused a traffic nuisance. If he were governor he’d likely propose dividing Rhode Island into two halves, giving one to Connecticut and the other to Massachusetts to improve the economy. The proposed airport improvements are the absolute minimum that can be done to put economy of the Providence metro region of 1.6 million back on track.