FAA taskforce urged to address worsening delays in Northeast
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s congestion taskforce to immediately address flight delays in the New Jersey/New York area and provided some of his recommendations in a letter. The Senator welcomes the formation of the taskforce especially when in June 2007 only 54% of the flights arriving at the Newark Liberty International Airport were on time.
“We have a severely overburdened aviation network and market forces alone will not fix the problem," said Menendez, “For immediate relief, it is incumbent on the FAA congestion taskforce to develop sensible regulations to ease delays, cancellations and other disruptions in the near-term at our region’s major airports.”
Menendez believes the FAA should:
- examine whether temporary limits on operations (otherwise known as “caps”) should be placed on all of the region’s airports,
- immediately convene schedule reduction meetings with all relevant airlines and operators in the region,
- reexamine whether these increased delays can be managed by giving more priority to larger planes, particularly during periods of extreme congestion,
- determine whether the increased number of international flights coming into the region have increased delays for domestic flights.
To read full text of the letter to the FAA: http://menendez.senate.gov/pdf/082107lettertofaa.pdf
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