Federal limits on the number of flights at a city’s airports are not reducing delays, a recent report from the US Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General shows.
The report says that caps on flights at JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports are too liberal and because they’re based on good weather conditions, congestion becomes unbearable when the weather isn’t good.
Air traffic controllers must hold flights or add time between planes when weather is unfavorable. That cuts between 10 and 20 flights an hour, with the trickle-down effect reducing air travel across the country.
The report suggests more flexible schedule limits and for the Federal Aviation Admin to reexamine rules on scheduling.
Source: NY 1