Making the Skies Over New York Smooth & Functional

Published By#ModernSkies

The skies over New York feature some of the most congested and complicated air space in the country. This is certainly not news to those who regularly travel over the state, nor will it surprise them to read that New York’s airports consistently rank among the most delayed. Ask travelers what the solution is, though, and most will throw their hands up in frustration.

A quartet of senior executives from some of the largest airlines recently penned an article for Crain’s Business New York detailing exactly that solution, and it’s worth a read if you haven’t seen it yet. Tim Campbell, senior vice president of air operations at American Airlines, Jeff Martin, executive vice president of operations at JetBlue Airways, Craig Drew, senior vice president for air operations at Southwest Airlines, and Howard Attarian, senior vice president of flight operations at United Airlines, wrote:

“ … [T]he creation of a federally chartered, not-for-profit air traffic control organization is the only way to drive meaningful transformation from a bureaucracy that hasn’t fundamentally changed in decades. It’s hard to imagine a high-performance organization that lacks certainty of funding beyond one or two years, and the ability to independently raise capital for major infrastructure projects. Our proposal would eliminate uncertainties created by the federal budget process and the organization would be governed by a board that represents and is accountable to all users of the system.

“Multiple Federal Aviation Administration reports, independent studies and air-traffic-control organizations in some 60 countries suggest a step like this toward modernization would help to reduce delays and dramatically improve the flying experience in the U.S.”

For New Yorkers and others who travel through the state’s airports, that means fewer delays, more on-time flights and less of a chance that a political fight in Washington, D.C., is going to muck up a long-awaited vacation. As the piece notes, more people are flying every year and our economy is growing more dependent on moving cargo very long distances in very short amounts of time – this can only be achieved through flight. Unless there is significant change in the system that governs air space, we’re going to fall behind.


Click here to read the full piece.