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NY Area Airports And Bad Weather

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:06 am

Today in the NY area about 3 to 6 inches of snow fell, now at JFK they said there was no delays but at Newark and La Guardia they said those airports had 2 and a half hour delays.

Why is it that Newark and La Guardia always seem to have lots of delays when ever the weather is bad, but JFK doesn't?
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RE: NY Area Airports And Bad Weather

Wed Mar 17, 2004 10:46 am

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.

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RE: NY Area Airports And Bad Weather

Wed Mar 17, 2004 2:17 pm

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.

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RE: NY Area Airports And Bad Weather

Wed Mar 17, 2004 2:19 pm

Both airports have the worst delays in the nation even under normal circumstances.
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I wouldn't say this is the case at EWR at all.

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RE: NY Area Airports And Bad Weather

Wed Mar 17, 2004 11:52 pm

I know LGA, and EWR generally use one separate runway for arrivals, and departures, while JFK uses both. This is also a contributing factor I'm sure.
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RE: NY Area Airports And Bad Weather

Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:32 am

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.

Less and less true with the growth of B6.
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