LaGuardia Airport Perimeter Rule ‘Under Review’

By Paul Riegler on 17 August 2015
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View from a LaGuardia runway

View from a LaGuardia runway

LaGuardia Airport’s perimeter rule, which limits the distance of most of its flights, may be up for reconsideration in the wake of its planned redevelopment.

The rule is “under review,” Ron Marsico, a Port Authority spokesman, told Frequent Business Traveler on Monday.  The agency “is studying the potential impacts of changing the longstanding perimeter rule at LaGuardia Airport,” he added.

Put into place in the 1950s to protect what is now John F. Kennedy International Airport, the rule limits flights in and out of LaGuardia to a 1,500-mile (2,414-kilometer) radius.  It was originally 2,000 miles (3,218 kilometers) when it was first enacted and was reduced in the 1980s.  The rule does not apply on Saturdays nor to flights to and from Denver, Colorado.

Last month Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to completely rebuild LaGuardia.  The $4 billion plan calls for demolishing the existing terminals and building one massive new terminal the length of two football fields approximately 600 feet (183 meters) closer to the Grand Central Parkway.  The relocation will give the airport badly needed space for flight operations and taxiways.

Today, both JFK and LaGuardia are congested and the FAA limits the number of flights in and out of both (as well as in and out of Newark Liberty) as a result.  Allowing longer flights out of LaGuardia would therefore not result in an overall increase in the number of flights but would make better use of takeoff and landing slots at the airport.

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