LaGuardia can accomodate the 767-200/300, L1011, DC10, A300's, and the
new 767-400. It's not the size of the aircraft that's the problem. The problem
lies with the fact that 1). the runways are short, 2). there is limited gate space
at the antiquated central terminal, where all flights other than those operated
by Delta, US Airways, and Northwest operate from 3). there is little room for
taxiway expansion, 4). it is surrounded by water and high density population,
5). it is overcrowded and always has been congested.
LaGuardia Airport is bursting at the seams and in the name of greed, the
airlines are bulking up there to get a sizeable chunk of the NY market. This
is perpetuated by the explosive growth in air travel thanks to the booming
economy, Continental's successful hub at Newark, Delta's ever growing JFK
operations, NY's popularity as a business, convention, and tourist destination,
and the fact that the Port Authority and FAA have neglected to modernize and
equip LGA with the necessary foundation upon which to operate such a busy
At any time of the day, a taxi to the runway lasts from 25 to 65 minutes or
more. Gate space is short. I cannot believe the FAA, NTSB, and the City of
New York are just ignoring this. There is the potential for a serious disaster.
I hope that will not be their wake up call.