Newark Liberty Airport, one of the busiest airports nationwide, is cutting back on the number of flights it will allow, daily.
According to a statement released by the Federal Aviation Administration, it is slowing down on the amount of flights departing from Newark Airport and they said it should “lead to greater competition and lower airfares.
In 2008 there was major cause to reduce air traffic and delays due to heavy congestion of those awaiting flight, There as an agenda set to limit the amount of flight to 81 per hour to avoid such conditions.
While their efforts have caused a significant decline in arrival and departure delays, the FAA said that the scheduled flights way below the limits and Newark is able to take on more flights.
Since 2007 on-time arrivals have increased by 11 percent and mean arrival and departure delays were down by about 33 percent, according to the FAA. Delays that had been longer than an hour were down 37 percent for arrivals and 38 percent for departures. Due to better weather over the past year, arrival and departure times have been on point.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, who are responsible for operation at Newark Liberty believe that it will result in lower fares. A perk for travelers!
“This action will help travelers by increasing competition and choices at Newark Liberty by allowing more flights by different airlines, thereby helping to reduce airfares,” it said in a statement.
Slowing down the number of flight will also address an issue that is the subject of a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit filed last year against Newark’s leading carrier, United Airlines.
The lawsuit entails that to Chicago-based United controls around 900 of the roughly 1,200 slots, takeoff and landing authorizations allocated by the FAA, at the airport. None of the other airlines hold more than 70.
The lawsuit states that United doesn’t use all the slots it controls, keeping passengers of flights they would be entitled to have if the slots were flown.
On Friday, a spokeswoman for United said “the airline, whose parent company is United Continental Holdings Inc., will continue to work with the FAA, which recognizes this decision may cause further inconvenience to customers flying to and from Newark, along with the Port Authority and others, to minimize delays and provide them the reliability they expect when they fly.”
There has been a ongoing battle of Virgin America protesting United’s entitlement over Newark. Virgin America has wanted to add more flights and lower fares. The airline headquarters that are right near San Francisco’s airport, has many daily transcontinental flights but wants more to compete with United, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue. Their routes are some of the most money-making routes in the country.
Flight changes are expected to take place in the fall.
While more access to the Newark airport could lower prices for fliers it has the potential to attract more fliers, resulting in longer lines and other waits. Of all the states, New York has the most congested airspace in the country, and Newark has ranked below the belt performance time.
Hopefully, the changes which are to take place will give Newark a better name and lower the price of traveling.