The Summer of 2000 does not refer to ATC congestion at SFO
, or any other hub. It refers to the contract negotiations with the pilots that resulted in huge numbers of cancellations and delays system wide due to pilot shortages (sick calls, not taking overtime, etc).
The ATC problems at SFO
had been horrible through the second half of the 90's, and were also very bad at ORD
. The capacity reductions after 9/11 helped ease many of the delays. Capacity restrictions for UA
have kept the delays from getting back to how they were. Reduced capacity at SFO
(approx 160 today for mainline vs. approx 230 in 2000), plus the new approach pattern SOIA to increase the arrival rate with low ceilings (if they are still using it) have helped keep delays down there. ATC delays are not uncommon in SFO
, just not the intensity we saw in the 90's.