Thursday, February 26, 2009

Airport congestion costing us big time

From NY1:

Congestion at the area's three major airports is costing the local economy about $2.6 billion a year, according to a new report released by the Partnership for New York City today.

The group says if nothing is done to correct the problem, the price tag will amount to about $79 billion by 2025.

LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark currently handle about one-third of the nation's flights and are responsible for nearly three-quarters of the nation's delays. The impact locally is felt with increased emissions, wasted fuel, and the possibility of lost business for companies who ship freight.


Unknown said...

I agree that air traffic delays are very annoying but costing 2.6 billion? Who is it costing that money? I'm not buying it. Show me the figures in a way that makes sense.

If you own a food concession in the airport, you are probably making good money on flight delays.

Anonymous said...

Congestion is high because flights are cheap. When I was young, businessmen flew and the rest of us got on the Greyhound. I am less worried about the financial cost of this, and more worried about possible safety issues.