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Unclogging New York Airports

Cindy Loose

What's the U.S. Department of Transportation going to do to solve the congestion problem at New York City airports -- a clog that backs up flights and causes delays nationwide? Although the official word hasn't been decreed yet, insiders say they know.

First, the DOT won't carry out its threat to introduce congestion pricing -- meaning there would have been an extra cost associated with flying in and out of New York airports at busy times. According to Aviation Week, a trade publication, DOT officlals promised to take that idea off the table.

Second, sources say the DOT would reduce flights at JFK to about 83 to 85 an hour, from about 100. DOT was considering reducing flights at JFK to 80 an hour, so this is a little victory for the airlines. However, DOT is now also talking about reducing the number of flights allowed into and out of Newark and LaGuardia.

Will either of these measures affect your flying life? Do they seem good ideas?

By Cindy Loose |  December 12, 2007; 10:33 AM ET  | Category:  Airline Industry , Airports , Cindy Loose
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You can temporarily open up military air space. You can reduce the number of flights slightly. But when rain, snow, strong winds and low ceilings reduce the arrival rate 50% or more, you're right back where you started from; lengthly delays, cancelled flights and back ups in the entire East Coast air corridor.

Posted by: Paul Kavanaugh | December 16, 2007 12:41 PM

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