There is little question that air traffic
congestion is a problem at New York's LaGuardia Airport. But how
bad is it?
That's the subject of
considerable debate. The Air Transport Association argued that the
Federal Aviation Administration substantially overstated the
problem in making its case for new rules restricting operations at
the airport (see story, "Airlines to FAA: Stay away from LaGuardia
The FAA is relying on
"the worn recitation of delays in the summer of 2000" to justify
the proposal as a means to reduce congestion, the ATA
So how did the
airport rank in 2006?
From January through
November, the latest month for which the Transportation Dept. has
reported statistics, LaGuardia ranked next to last among major
airports in on-time arrivals. But there were five airports worse
than LaGuardia for on-time departures: Chicago's Midway,
Philadelphia, Newark, Atlanta and Chicago's O'Hare.