AIRLINES CREATE THEIR OWN [DELAY] PROBLEMS

It’s the increasing number of airliners competing for runway space?particularly regional jets?that are a major cause of airline delays, NBC’s Tom Costello reported on August 14. The airlines have grounded 385 larger aircraft since 2000 and replaced them with more than 1,000 regional jets. “Fewer seats, cheaper to fly, but competing for the same limited space on runways,” Costello said. Additionally, last week the Department of Transportation reported that airline flight delays in June were worse than either May or June of last year. All of this confirms AOPA’s analysis. “The facts clearly show that the airlines’ own scheduling practices are a major cause of the problems,” said AOPA President Phil Boyer. Read more in “Frequent liars: Airlines hide truth about delays.”

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