Study: New York City Airports Have Worst Tarmac Delays In The Country


jfkThe three major New York City area airports have become the subject of another hall of shame-worthy report. 

John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports are judged to be the worst in the country when it comes to the percentage of flights delayed on the tarmac at takeoff and landing.

Landing at the airport, only to sit waiting to reach the terminal, is a major stressor for passengers who are in a Big Apple hurry.

And passengers let waiting black car drivers know it, telling the drivers to step on the gas and move fast once they finally get off the plane.

Other times, planes pull away from the terminal but sit there a while before taking off.

So-called tarmac delays are frustrating, and the new study said in terms of the percentage of flights affected, LaGuardia, JFK and Newark are the first, second and third worst in the country for tarmac delays.

Last year, Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports experienced tarmac delays between one and five hours.

“You see a great city in New York, but you see the absolute worst city in terms of performance at the airport — people waiting one to five hours in delays,” said Joseph Sitt of the Global Gateway Alliance. “We set the record.”

Sitt is the founder of the alliance, which is promoting improvements at the three airports.

Read more at CBS NEW YORK.

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