A recent report on the future of the metro-New York Airports by the Regional Plan Association paints a somewhat gloomy picture, particularly for New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB). New York Harbor could see at least one foot of sea level rise by 2050, and possibly as soon as 2030, according to estimates from the New York City Panel on Climate Change.
By the end of the century that total could be as high as three feet. As a result, the report stated, “TEB would be partly flooded at one foot, and could be fully inundated with three feet of sea level rise,” leading the agency to suggest phasing out the airport over the coming decades and spreading its operations to other smaller general aviation airfields, as well as the larger commercial airports, in the New York City/Northern New Jersey area.
While the report found that Newark Liberty International, La Guardia, and Kennedy International would be able to withstand a three-foot rise, they would need to be hardened against future storm surges.