FAA Eases Hourly Flights Limits at Newark International Airport

Newark International Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is going to remove eight-year old hourly flights limit at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in time for the winter scheduling season.

Beginning on October 30, Newark airport will be able to conduct more than 81 flight operations per hour. The airport will be designated by the federal agency as a Level 2, schedule-facilitated airport under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Worldwide Slot Guidelines.

Currently, Newark is Level 3, slot-controlled airport, which means no more than 81 operations per hour.

The FAA placed temporary limits on scheduled operations at Newark airport in May 2008 to mitigate congestion and delays at the airport.

“The significant improvements in on-time performance and delays at Newark allowed us to make these changes. This change will improve access to some of the most in-demand airspace in the country and has the potential to provide more options for local consumers,” FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement.

According to the FAA, this change in designation at Newark airport will not cause a significant impact to noise and air emissions.