Comment Period Extend on LGA Slot NPRM

 - November 15, 2006, 11:48 AM

The comment period on a proposal to continue the reservation and slot program under the high-density rule at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) has been extended from October 30 to December 29, the result of requests the Air Transport Association, Regional Airline Association, Airports Council International and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The program, which includes a slot-reservation system for general aviation operations (six slots are available per hour between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m.), is currently set to expire on January 1. Under the proposal, the FAA would withdraw operating authorization from a carrier if its annual “average seat size” does not meet or exceed La Guardia’s airport-wide target of between 105 and 122 seats. The proposal would continue to limit the number of scheduled flights to 75 per hour. According to the FAA, the proposed rule would allow “up to four million more people a year to fly into and out of La Guardia without increasing delays.”