WASHINGTON, July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Transport
Association (ATA), the trade association for the leading U.S. airlines, has
called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to temporarily create
additional airspace capacity by imposing proportional level ground delay
programs at Teterboro Airport (TEB) and other nearby airports when FAA
imposes ground delay programs at Newark Liberty International Airport
(EWR), LaGuardia International Airport (LGA) and John F. Kennedy
International Airport (JFK).
"The New York City metropolitan-area airspace is completely saturated
and near gridlock," said ATA President and CEO James C. May, stating that
commercial airlines already are being forced to cancel hundreds of flights
and inconvenience thousands of travelers due to air traffic control (ATC)
constraints and strong summer thunderstorm activity. "More than one-third
of all air traffic delays in the country on June 28 were in congested New
Since corporate jet flights now represent roughly 30 percent of all New
York Terminal Radar Approach Control activity, ATA has asked the FAA to
impose restrictions on operators that today may be unaffected by ground
ATA also asked the FAA to accelerate ATC modernization and airspace
redesign around New York City, noting that congestion is likely to worsen
as the system deteriorates further.
ATA members and their affiliates transport more than 90 percent of all
U.S. airline passenger and cargo traffic.
SOURCE Air Transport Association