US moves to reduce flight delays

U.S. regulators are expected to announce measures to restrict flights at New York’s John F.Kennedy airport, in a bid to alleviate chronic flight delays, according to reports.

The Washington Post reported that the proposal would limit the number of departures and arrivals at JFK and set the stage for a similar flight ceiling at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport, the Post said, citing federal sources. Flights at the third major New York area airport, LaGuardia, are already capped.

Transportation Secretary Mary Peters is also expected to announce the government’s intention to establish a system under which takeoff and landing rights, known as slots, at JFK would be auctioned, the Post said.