Airlines: Quota System for Landings

To ease the skyjam, the Federal Aviation Administration this week will begin limiting the number of takeoffs and landings during peak periods at five of the busiest U.S. airports. The five: Chicago's O'Hare, New York's John F. Kennedy and La Guardia, Newark and Washington's National. During the crush from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at J.F.K., for example, the number of flights will be held to 90 per hour, 20 fewer than the highs of last summer, when two-hour delays were common.

The quotas have forced airlines to spread flights more evenly throughout the day and night, despite the public's preference...

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