The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has waived its fees and rental payments at Stewart International Airport for six months in a bid to retain air carriers.

“The airlines’ current financial conditions, exacerbated by high fuel costs and weaker economy, has resulted in carriers scaling back air service; particularly at secondary airports like Stewart, there’s a threat of further consolidation if we don’t take steps to stem airline loses,” said Susan Baer, deputy director for aviation at the authority.

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