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JFK airport works on cutting flight delays

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Apr 30, 2006
A trial for a new jet-queuing system at New York JFK, designed to cut down on lengthy tarmac delays, has been extended after it showed signs of success, says the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which runs the airport.
The "departure management system," which had previously been used only by the airport during winter storms and the recent closure of a runway, will be continued until the end of the year at one of the busiest air traffic choke points in the country.
During normal conditions, planes at JFK form a taxi line to depart on a "first-called, first-served" basis, the airport says. In the new trial, the planes abide by a "reservation" system and are assigned a time window for departure. It limits eight to 12 planes to be in line for takeoff from a runway at any time during peak hours, which prevents idling planes from stacking in lengthy lines. The planes not ready for departure will idle at gates.
The Port Authority says the new system "was in large part responsible for the minimal delays that occurred during the recent closure of JFK's longest runway." The system also saves airlines money in fuel costs and limits pollution, the Port Authority says.

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