Kennedy Airport Closes Busy Runway

Monday, March 01, 2010

Kennedy Airport has lost one of its busiest runways. The runway, which handles half of all departures at the airport, will be closed for four months while it is being rebuilt.

"If the weather doesn't cooperate with us, and that's a definite possibility, these delays could be pretty serious," said Bill Cranor, JetBlue's director of air traffic systems. JetBlue is the largest carrier at Kennedy. "If it does, the customers may not see a tremendous amount of impact for most days."

Last year, one in every five flights out of Kennedy was delayed. And the average delay lasted more than an hour. In agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration, the airport's three major carriers--JetBlue, Delta and American--are cutting their flight schedules by up to 15 percent these next four months.

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