FAA Proposes Strict Slot Limitations for 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?