Federal caps not reducing airport delays

Federal caps on the number of flights at the city’s airports are not decreasing delays, a recent report from the United States Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General finds.



The report claims that limits on flights at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports are too generous and since they’re based on good weather conditions, overcrowding becomes intolerable when the weather isn’t favorable.


Air traffic controllers have must hold flights or add time between planes when weather is bad. That cuts between 10 and 20 flights an hour, with the trickle-down effect slowing air travel across the country.


The report suggests more flexible schedule limits and for the Federal Aviation Administration to reevaluate rules on scheduling.


Source: NY 1




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