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FAA Proposes Strict Slot Limitations for New York Area Airports

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New York Area Airports

The FAA submitted a proposal that would limit non-scheduled operations as follows:

  • Newark International Airport (EWR): one slot per hour
  • John F. Kennedy (JFK) to two per hour
  • La Guardia Airport (LGA) would permanently adopt the current three per hour limitations

Parties opposing the proposed rule-making cite concern that the reduction in slots for unscheduled operations at EWR and JFK will have a significant impact on a broad range of operations. Further arguments cited the lack of industry data that would suggest congestion at these airports is in any way connected to non-scheduled operations.

Most business flights opt for Teterboro due to both economic efficiency and convenience; however, it is occasionally best to choose JFK, LGA, or EWR for logistical planning. Perhaps most concerning is the infrequent necessity of an emergency landing; EWR and JFK would no longer be alternatives when safety considerations would ordinarily warrant their use.

Ultimately, proponents of the rule-making are refuting the new rules based on the age old adage that the FAA is attempting to “solve a problem that doesn’t exist!”

What are your thoughts?