Just how, do you ask, does the Bush administration plan to help reduce delays at airports across the United States? With 3 simple steps:
- First, temporarily open military airspace to commercial traffic on the East and West Coasts.
- Second, cap the flights at peak times (early morning, end of day) coming into and out of the East Coast region’s three major airports that have the worst on-time arrival record of all major U.S. airports: JFK, LaGuardia, Newark
- Third, new take-off patterns at Newark and Philadelphia International Airport to provide more space for departing aircraft
What does this mean to you? It was reported that officials hope to ease the impact of these changes by shifting more flights to off-peak, midday hours, and expected the overall number of daily flights in the region to rise. It was reported by MSNBC that under the new guidelines (which take effect in March), JFK would only be allowed aprox. 83 flights per hour at the peak times, down significantly from the 90 to 100 that had been scheduled this past summer. Similar caps will go into effect at Newark, but the exact number has yet to be determined. LaGuardia already has limits on flights. BUT, limiting the number of flights at popular travel times may lead to higher ticket prices for us all, or force some people to travel at inconvenient times. OUCH!
“The American public, the passengers, the customers and consumers want and deserve a much more dependable, much more reliable system, and this is what this plan will do,” Peters said.Like what you just read? Subscribe!