Re: Growing traffic delay problems

Date:         19 Apr 2001 16:40:19 
From:         jwizardc@aol.com (JWizardC)
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I would like to point to the simplest solution: decrease the number of flights
scheduled during the peak hours! Until the reality of multiple objects
attempting to occupy the same physical space at the same time it corrected
(which is going to take some serious ammendments to the laws of physics), the
airspace corridors are going to continue to have the same problems as our
highway system.
IMHO, the problem isn't FAA, ATC, or 'free flight'. It is simply that the
airplanes sooner or later have to come home to roost, and everyone is trying to
do so at the same time!
Look at any airline schedule -- I don't care what airport you are talking about
-- note tha number of flights during the 0500 - 1000 local, 1600 - 2000, and
compare against the rest of the times. It is no accident that most of the
airlines' cut rate specials are for flights outside those peak times. Having to
fly empty (or nearly empty) planes around to have them in place for the next
rush is a drain on profits.
We the travelling public aren't demanding flight times, we are demanding
departure and arrival times!

Of course, I don't have any strong feelings on this topic...
TheFNG