Unless airline passenger traffic remains at the current reduced levels over the long term, the FAA’s Operational Evolution Plan (OEP) to increase system capacity will “fall far short” of meeting growing needs, according to the General Accounting Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress.
A trip from the site of last year’s RAA annual convention in Memphis to the venue chosen for this year’s edition, held in Indianapolis last month, covers barely 450 miles, but the psychological distance the industry has traveled over the past 12 months seems more like light years.
The comment period closing date has been suspended indefinitely on a DOT proposal to adopt “market based” solutions to relieve airport congestion and delays. If adopted, landing fees could soar for business and commercial operators.
Operators have until August 13 to comment on the FAA’s proposed long-term
solutions to the serious congestion and delay problems at New York La Guardia
Based on projections that airline flights at New York La Guardia Airport won’t return to their pre-September levels until the end of this summer, the FAA has extended the period for public comments on five long-term approaches to allocate capacity at LGA. The new comment period closes June 20.
The FAA’s proposal to reduce airline delays by imposing peak-period pricing to reduce congestion at busy airports is a “bad idea with no positive consequences and the limitless possibility of unintended negative consequences,” according to NBAA.
The FAA’s proposal to cut airline delays by imposing peak-period pricing to reduce congestion at busy airports is a “bad idea,” according to NBAA, “with no positive consequences and the limitless possibility of unintended negative consequences.” The National Air Transportation Association commented that “the proposed amendment is a short-term fix to a long-term problem,” and that the FAA should focus on “runway expansions and airport improveme
The FAA announced a two-year extension of the existing lottery allocation of slot exemptions at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) until Oct. 31, 2004. In addition, the FAA is asking for public comment on proposed changes to the current procedures for allocating slot exemptions that are either returned or have gone unused.
“Congestion pricing should be the FAA’s last resort, not its first,” noted AOPA president Phil Boyer.
The Bush Administration announced a new national policy last month that would encourage congested airports to vary landing fees based on the time of day and the volume of traffic. As a result, airports would be able to spread traffic more evenly throughout the day, the Transportation Department said.
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