I have a couple of questions for the forum about traffic on the United States east coast.
First of all, for ATC people, what % of the traffic in the Washington DC-Baltimore-Philadelphia-NYC-Boston area is "The Shuttle"?
I ask this question based on the horrific weather delays seen along the east coast this summer. There have been the horror stories of the cancellations, over-bookings, and airports bulging at capacity.
In a COMPLETELY hypothetical situation, let us pretend that all shuttle service was cancelled, and all flights between these cities were strictly for connecting passengers. And before anyone has a heart attack, assume also that Amtrak increased its capacity to ensure that no one would be stranded in a city because of this new rule.
How much relief would this provide to shuttle airports? And of course, I must ask the inevitable, "would airlines simply fill in these gaps with more flights to other cities, thus clogging it back up the way it was?"
A loaded question, but I'm not familiar with "Shuttle" operating stats.
Thanks in advance for your replies!!