FAA seeks voluntary LaGuardia cutbacks

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FAA plans to move toward a voluntary reduction in commercial flight operations at New York's LaGuardia airport following court action that blocked the agency's plan to auction off slots there and at other New York City-area airports in January.

The agency proposes to lower the number of hourly air carrier operations at LaGuardia to 71 departures and arrivals, down from the current limit of 75 per hour.

FAA estimates 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.

Explaining that it 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 19 April of next year.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had no immediate comment. FAA's proposal would not affect unscheduled general aviation flights at LaGuardia.