Newark airport flight limits eased; could spur lower fares

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it's easing limits on the number of hourly flights at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, a move that could result in lower airfares.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates the airport and says the FAA's move should lead to more competition among airlines.

The limits were implemented in 2008 to reduce congestion and delays. They restricted flight operations during peak times to 81 per hour.

The FAA says arrival and departure delays have decreased significantly. It also says the number of scheduled flights has been well below the limits and Newark's runways can handle more flights.

The changes will take effect at the end of October.

Newark's largest carrier is Chicago-based United Airlines. United says it'll work with the FAA to minimize inconvenience to travelers.