Slot Waivers Extended by FAA at New York Airports

by Anthony Losanno
NYC Airports

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As the shortage of air traffic controllers continues to burden New York-area airports, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has extended slot waivers until October 2024. Airlines can surrender up to 10% of their landing and departure slots without losing them in future years.

Air Traffic Control

The FAA has met its 2023 goal of hiring 1,500 air traffic controllers, but 2,600 controllers are still in training and shortages are ongoing nationwide. New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) have been hit particularly hard.

The FAA said in a statement:

A waiver of minimum slot usage requirements at JFK and [LaGuardia], and a similar policy of prioritizing returned operations at [Newark], is necessary to allow carriers to reduce operations to enable scheduling and operational stability.”

Anthony’s Take: It’s only logical that these slots be held during the shortage of air traffic controllers. Airlines have adapted by flying larger planes with more capacity. Hopefully, by 2024 this will be resolved.

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