FAA to Relax Restrictions on Newark Airport Slots

By Jesse Sokolow on 2 April 2016
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A United plane taking off from Newark

A United plane taking off from Newark

The Federal Aviation Administration changed the designation of Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday to open up more slots to additional airlines and foster competition.

The move opens up capacity at the airport starting October 30, 2016. Newark will then be designated a Level 2 airport, a “schedule-facilitated” airport per IATA worldwide slot guidelines. Currently, Newark carries a Level 3 designation, which limits it to 81 operations per hour.

The Level 3 designation was assigned in May 2008 to alleviation congestion at the airport. The change will allow for the more efficient use of existing airport terminal and runway capacity, the FAA said.

“The significant improvements in on-time performance and delays at Newark allowed us to make these changes,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

Airlines will still need to secure terminal and gate access in order to operate flights.

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