How airports stacked up in 2006 on-time performance

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 slots").

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 said.

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.

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