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NYC Airports on Record Pace

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The NYC region's five airports set an all-time record for passenger traffic in the first half of this year.

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Transportation Nation

Polar Vortex Snarls Air Travel

Monday, January 06, 2014

The blast of brutally cold air hasn't yet enveloped the New York City region -- but it's already wreaking havoc with flights.

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Security Increased at JFK, LGA, EWR After Los Angeles Airport Shooting

Friday, November 01, 2013

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says it has increased its airport patrols as a precaution in the wake of the Los Angeles airport shooting.

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Jet Removed From LGA Runway After Landing Gear Mishap

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

LaGuardia Airport was fully reopened Tuesday after the collapse of a plane’s landing gear sent it careening down the tarmac — temporarily closing the facility and sending at least six to the hospital with minor injuries, officials said. See video of the crash landing.

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Plane Scare as Landing Gear Malfunctions on LGA Runway

Monday, July 22, 2013

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Officials say the plane skidded on its nose down the 7,000-foot runway before coming to a halt on a grassy area.

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Port Authority: FAA Furloughs Could Spark NYC Airport Delays

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Due to federal budget cuts, Federal Aviation officials say furloughs are taking effect Sunday and that could mean delays for local airline travelers.

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Transportation Nation

Is JetBlue Planning N.Y.-D.C. Shuttle?

Friday, December 02, 2011

JetBlue has acquired enough airport slots to run eight flights a day between LaGuardia and Washington Reagan National Airport in D.C.

"We just won the slots and are reviewing what we can and can't do, so I wouldn't rule anything out," Mateo Lleras, JetBlue spokesman told Transportation Nation. "We haven't announced anything yet," he said, adding he doesn't expect any official news to come out for "a few weeks." There are restrictions on what routes can be flown from each airport -- from LGA, less than 1,500 miles, and from DCA, less than 1,250.

JetBlue and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that that the discount airline, with a hub at New York's larger and less convenient JFK airport, and Canadian carrier WestJet had won an auction for slots being divested from Delta airlines.

JetBlue will pay $40 million for eight pairs of daily slots at Reagan National (DCA) and $32.0 million for eight slot pairs at LaGuardia (LGA). A slot pair allows for one arriving and one departing flight per day at an airport. Delta's popular LGA to DCA shuttle leaves roughly once an hour during business hours.

JetBlue already offers limited flights from LGA and DCA, but none between the two.

The U.S. DOT and the FAA required Delta and US Airways to divest a total of 48 slots between the two airlines as a condition for granting them permission to exchange other slots at LGA and DCA.

Across the country, short haul flights have been on the decline over the past years. While on the Northeast corridor, bus and train travel has grown rapidly.

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