JFK runway rebuilding could make congestion worse

Here is one good result of airlines sharply cutting their flight schedules because of the recession: It may mean less disruption to the remaining flights in the New York area when the NY-NJ Port Authority closes down a main runway at Kennedy International Airport early next year for a total rebuild. Lots of folks, led by JetBlue, are seriously worried about the effect on JFK operations when Runway 31-L is closed for at least four months.

Another side effect could be more air-traffic-related takeoff or landing delays for PHL because of its proximity to JFK and the way PHL traffic needs to be threaded through NY-area traffic. A thorough explainer story can be found today in the trade paper Travel Weekly at this link. 

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