Airlines want more air space to reduce delays


Just before Thanksgiving, I covered the holiday express lanes, those air corridors along the eastern seaboard, normally reserved for military use, that the government opened for commercial traffic to minimize holiday flight delays. Well guess what? It worked so well that the airline industry wants more.

According to this Bloomberg.com article, “carriers want access to the corridor during ‘extreme delays’ and at holidays and peak-travel periods.”

If occasional use of the corridors is feasible, I think it’s a great idea. Just yesterday I was researching flight delays in 2007, and the stuff I found was enough to make even the most dedicated frequent flyer want to take the train. For instance, in the first part of the year, nearly a third of all flights were delayed. And, at JFK Airport in New York, delays jumped 114 percent between October 2006 and July 27.

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