Air Transport Association Asks FAA for Flight Delay Relief Over July Fourth Holiday in New York Metropolitan Area

Jul 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from Air Transport Association

    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
 York airspace."
     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
 delay programs.
     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