NYC Area Airports Worst for Tarmac Delays

NEW YORK (AP) -

The New York City area’s three major airports rank the worst in the country for the percentage of flights delayed on the tarmac at takeoff and landing, according to a new study by Global Gateway Alliance, which advocates for improvements to airports and related infrastructure.

Last year, Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports experienced tarmac delays between one and five hours, affecting about 660,000 passengers. Of 10 U.S. airports with the most tarmac delays, LaGuardia had the highest percentage of flights affected, followed by Kennedy and then Newark.

The report urges the Federal Aviation Administration to speed up use of so-called NextGen satellite-based technology to reduce the backlog.