Air transport in the USA faces severe disruption unless the Federal Aviation Administration and Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations reach agreement on land and hold short operations (LAHSO) procedures, set for introduction by 27 May.

Pilot unions threaten to refuse to accept all LAHSO clearances, which allow simultaneous operations on intersecting runways.

Talks between the FAA and the pilots broke down after the regulatory authorities announced new, more restrictive procedures. Unions' objections include the FAA stipulating a shorter landing distance based on flight manuals, plus 300m (1,000ft), and the lack of rejected landing procedures.

Source: Flight International