I have similarly had no problems with taxi delays at EWR
. Both times I have flown from EWR
we had 5-10 minutes maximum between pushback and wheels up. I remember thinking that I should fly out of EWR
Lately I've had no problems at LGA
either. I can remember the days when it was assumed that you would be taxiing for at least 45 minutes. Maybe I'm just not flying at the "right" time of the day for that anymore. Most of my departures lately have been in the mid-afternoon, around 3-4pm.
On the other hand, when I arrived at JFK
last night around 8pm, the queue for departure looked like a pre-9/11 queue, with planes lined up all throughout the airport. Also, when I flew into JFK
two weeks ago, we landed and taxied almost all the way to our gate without any problems, but the alley where we were supposed to park was crowded with 2 DL
767s already pushed back and a Lufthansa A340 waiting to push back. We sat there for at least 20 minutes waiting for those guys to move to take their place in the loooooong departure queue. I felt bad for some of the AA
Eagle RJs that were waiting to depart for their flights that were likely to be shorter than their taxi time.