B6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 821 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3307 times:
my only thought of that would be because EWR and LGA have a hell of a lot more domestic flts in/out of the airport compared to JFK which is more just int'l flts. just more traffic there compared to JFK.
Jfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4276 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3232 times:
Actually, that is true to some degree.
JFK is the busiest airport in the region in terms of passengers because most of the aircraft using the airport are widebodies that carry 200+ people. This is not the case at LGA or EWR. They have more flights on a daily basis with smaller aircraft (although EWR gets its fair share of widebodies).
As a result, if the WX goes sour, there are more aircraft to shuffle at LGA and EWR.
HOWEVER, the real reason behind the delays lies with the airports themselves. JFK is much larger and the runway configuration is much better to handle a large amount of traffic. LGA is at capacity all day long; that's why it is slot restricted. EWR is near capacity at all times. Both airports have the worst delays in the nation even under normal circumstances.