JFKalumni wrote:TonyClifton wrote:BNAMealer wrote:
I'm not sure if JFK/EWR could have handled all of the increased traffic that would've resulted from closing LGA......
It couldn’t. JFK runs delay programs when the 22s are in use and 31L/KE is available for departure. There’s absolutely no way it could also handle LGA traffic.
Can you imagine 5:00pm rush hour to Europe with all of those heavies lined up on taxiway Charlie for 22R and the narrowbodies and RJ’s on Kilo Echo waiting for 31L having to support both LGA and JFK traffic ?
It would be a disaster.
It would be. A lot easier to accommodate that increased traffic without having LGA airspace in the middle of New York.
Removing LGA is more than just what happens on the ground at JFK before the Arrival and Departure handling would be massively improved. Had LGA been closed and JFK gotten one more additional runway, JFK could easily handle both traffic from LGA and JFK combined.
Remember something else, not all duplicate pairings would be transferred over to from LGA as well. You’ll see consolidating of pairings. For example LGA-ORF and JFK-ORF would just become JFK-ORF. There’s quite a bit of duplicate pairings between both JFK and LGA.