Back in December the DoT announced that they were instituting slot controls for JFK airport in an effort to reduce delays in NYC and those that trickle down throughout the national airspace as a result. At that time there was some discussion about how the change might shift the burden of the extra flights across New York harbor and into Newark. Well, today the other shoe dropped, so to speak, with Newark being handed a similar arrangement as JFK. Each airport will be allowed to operate a maximum of 83 flights per hour. The same spin is being applied to this announcement as the previous with how it should allow for more flights overall as they are distributed across the day, but it still doesn’t take into account the fact that if people wanted to fly at those times the airlines probably would’ve scheduled the flights then anyways.
Anyways, this is good news for potential reduction in flight delays, and it also means that the chances that your flight this summer will be delayed by ATC have dropped significantly, assuming the airlines do it the way they’re supposed to.
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