Feds take yet another stab at LaGuardia delays, congestion

13laguardia.jpgThey won’t give up. The Feds just will not give up on fixing LaGuardia, even though the airport operator and the airlines say that the cures proposed are as bad if not worse than the ailment. The FAA tried a slot auction at LaGuardia and the other New York City airports, but the airlines and the airports owner, the Port Authority, got a federal court to block that with a stay that puts off any possible legal resolution until next autumn. Now in the waning days of the Bush administration, the Transportation Department and its FAA say they want to persuade carriers to agree to voluntary flights cuts at the worst and most congested of the three airports, LaGuardia.

The FAA wants to lower the number of hourly air carrier operations at LaGuardia to 71 departures and arrivals, down from the 75 per hour cap now in effect. The agency says that this reduction could generate an average delay savings of 41%, based on MITRE Corp. models, and that such a reduction could generate savings of $178 million annually.

The FAA says that it now proposes to accept “on a strictly voluntary basis a limited number of targeted fights reductions from carriers now serving LaGuardia,” to take effect no later than April 19 of next year. The airport owner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, responded predictably, saying that the Bush administration would do better working on air-traffic fixes.

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2 Responses to Feds take yet another stab at LaGuardia delays, congestion

  1. Paul December 23, 2008 at 1:31 pm #

    Maybe they should offer something like 5 million for every unscheduled daily slot. They could even offer it in the form of a reduction in ATC charges.

    I’m sure this would offer a nice incentive for all the cash strapped airlines.

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