New Arrival Separation Should Improve Traffic Flow

 - October 1, 2012, 3:20 PM

Effective October 30, the FAA has added Newark Liberty International (EWR) and San Francisco International (SFO) to a group of airports allowed to operate simultaneous approaches to parallel runways with as little as 1.5 nm of diagonal separation, even though those surfaces are located less than 2,500 feet apart. A change to the FAA’s ATC policy handbook in November 2008 permitted Boston Logan International (BOS), Cleveland-Hopkins International (CLE), Philadelphia International (PHL), Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA), Memphis International (MEM) and St. Louis Lambert (STL) airports to operate the simultaneous approaches.