Summer Flight Cancellations Coming at EWR
Air travel during spring and summer may become challenging due to flight cancellations at Newark Liberty International Airport, Kennedy, and LaGuardia airports.
The cuts are being made by several airlines because of a shortage of air traffic controllers. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is implementing a plan to reduce flight disruptions at airports in New York City and Washington, DC.
JetBlue Airways is canceling up to 10% of its existing flights. CEO Robin Hayes stated that if cuts were not made, the system would be unworkable this summer.
The FAA is allowing carriers to reduce the number of flights by up to 10% from May 15 to September 15. This could result in nearly 15,000 fewer flights during the four-month period. United and Delta Airlines have also requested to reduce their weekly flights by 10% at Newark, Kennedy, and LaGuardia airports.
JetBlue operates around 50 flights per day out of Newark on a typical day, but which flights will be canceled has not been revealed by the company. Though some airlines will find relief due to the reduction, JetBlue’s CEO Robin Hayes warned that it will impact the company’s bottom line since they have already invested in the requisite staff, equipment, and slots for these flights.