Federal government to limit peak flights in NY area

The federal government announced a plan Wednesday to ease congestion at airports in the New York area, including Newark Liberty International Airport.

Federal officials say the best way to ease the region's delay problem is to cut back on flights at peak hours. Starting in March, peak time flights at Newark will be limited to around 80 per hour.

"I'm not a fan of caps, but the reality is for the next few years it's the way to bring some relief to travelers," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters.

LaGuardia Airport has already implemented a similar cap. A limit of 83 peak flights per hour is slated for John F. Kennedy Airport.

Takeoff patterns are being changed at Newark as of Wednesday. Military airspace will also be opened to commercial aircraft for the holiday season.

To watch the full press conference on the plan, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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