Will Fewer Flights Mean Fewer Delays?

Sorry, says FAA: don't expect airlines to cut on crowded routes

By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 10, 2008 9:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – With fuel prices soaring into the skies, fewer airplanes will be following suit, but don't think that translates to less time on the tarmac. Airlines' cutbacks will ground planes, but mostly on less-traveled routes to smaller cities, the New York Times reports. The congestion at LAX and JFK isn't likely to improve, despite new FAA regulations.

“We’re going to see the concentration of large operators at the large airports," says an FAA director. The agency has imposed new caps at New York airports, and opened up additional flight paths for planes with satellite navigation. It also plans to borrow airspace from the military to ease gridlock off the Atlantic coast this summer.

Flight corridors leading into busy airports like Newark International will stay congested, even though rising fuel prices will mean fewer flights this summer.
Flight corridors leading into busy airports like Newark International will stay congested, even though rising fuel prices will mean fewer flights this summer.   (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File)
Airlines' cutbacks will affect mostly smaller cities: busy hubs will stay just as impacted as ever.
Airlines' cutbacks will affect mostly smaller cities: busy hubs will stay just as impacted as ever.   (AP Photo/Greg Campbell)
Matt McCluskey directs air and runway traffic from the control tower at Logan International Airport in Boston. He won't have less work this summer, despit a drop in total flights.
Matt McCluskey directs air and runway traffic from the control tower at Logan International Airport in Boston. He won't have less work this summer, despit a drop in total flights.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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