New York sees delays due to ATC cuts, but are they fake?
Yesterday I posted that due to the furloughs of FAA Air Traffic Controllers taking effect this weekend, the airspace system would begin to be crippled, especially surrounding the nation's busiest hubs. Well, tonight the New York City area airports of JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are seeing considerable delays. However, some people around the internet are saying that these delays are being manufactured to make a point to politicians, and that they aren't all really necessary. Whether or not this is true is up in the air (pun intended) but it bring up a good point. Is purposely causing problems for passengers and costing the airlines money below the government? You decide for yourself. The photo below shows all flights in the New York area inbound to JFK-International as of 8:40 PM on April 21st. The airport is currently experiencing the most significant delays of up to an hour and a half. Most transatlantic flights coming in from the East are being forced to conduct several holding patterns, allowing time to sequence them into the airport. The interesting part is that the amount of flights inbound to the airport is about one tenth it usually is and whether or not these holding patterns are necessary is questionable. Reports are buzzing all over aviation social media outlets that these delays may be being manufactured by the FAA to make a point to politicians, hoping to make them change their decision to furlough employees. If this is true, then it is ridiculous and unfair to both passengers and the airlines. These holding patterns will cost the airlines thousand of dollars in fuel and will undoubtedly cause several passengers to miss connecting flights. If these delays are legitimate and this much sequencing is necessary to separate inbound flights into JFK, then something needs to be done quick. If our nation's busiest international airports can only handle 30 landings an hour then our government needs to find a different way to save money. If this continues for any length of time it will be detrimental to the airlines and will cause headaches for travelers everywhere. The Thirty Thousand Blog is written by Kyle Dunst. Like us on Facebook or follow @30ThousandBlog on Twitter.