Rep. Payne, Jr. Assaults Flight Delays at Newark Liberty Airport 

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. would like to velocity up journey as a result of Newark Liberty International Airport to prepare for the enhanced plane targeted traffic right after COVID-19.  The Congressman wrote a letter to Steve Dickson, Administrator for the Federal Aviation Administration, and requested him to aid guidelines to minimize congestion at the airport, which prospects the nation in flight delays.


“Airline visitors is setting up to raise as additional People get vaccinated and really feel safe on commercial flights again,” mentioned Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr.  “But greater targeted visitors could imply increased congestion if we aren’t watchful.  I want Newark Liberty Intercontinental Airport to return to usual without having the delays that travellers seasoned ahead of this world pandemic.”


The letter was co-signed by each and every member of the New Jersey Residence Delegation.  It mentioned that the prevention of “congestion and delays at Newark is of very important relevance to the extended-phrase restoration of not only New Jersey and the NYC-metro location but of the country as a full.”  It ongoing that delays and gridlock brought on $33 billion in “lost financial productivity” to the Newark metropolitan location as nicely as significant environmental prices from the fumes of waiting around airplanes.


The full letter is under.


May possibly 20, 2021


The Honorable Steve Dickson


Federal Aviation Administration

800 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20591


Dear Administrator Dickson:


As we glance ahead to tourists returning to the skies in significant quantities, we have fears about the return of one thing no one has missed all through the pandemic — air-journey gridlock, notably at Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport (EWR).

Blocking congestion and delays at Newark is of vital importance to the extended-time period restoration of not only New Jersey and the NYC-metro location but of the country as a complete. We recognize the Office of Transportation and its Federal Aviation Administration’s actions to keep pre-pandemic congestion and hold off mitigations at Newark throughout the Wintertime 2021-2022 scheduling time, including retaining EWR’s peak-hrs motion cap and work of its historic-precedence scheduling framework.  We also stimulate the FAA to enforce these measures prolonged phrase to be certain productive administration of congestion and delays to guidance the demands and fascination of the touring community.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, delays at EWR have been the worst in the place, generally with almost a third of its flights impacted — even on days with no inclement weather conditions.[1] These delays brought about billions of pounds in dropped financial efficiency and substantial time losses to EWR consumers. Mixed with other loss-cost categories, these impacts of Newark’s delays contributed substantially to over-all economic losses due to air-vacation gridlock of about $33 billion in 2019 for the nation as a full.[2] Air-vacation congestion and delays also have a deleterious impression on the natural environment. Extended flight routings and idling-aircraft emissions are minimized with powerful congestion administration. Plainly, EWR’s pre-pandemic status quo still left significant area for enhancement.

Newark Liberty Intercontinental Airport connects New Jersey and the full metro location with the earth overall economy, serving a wide vary of throughout the world locations, significant and small, although (prior to the pandemic) driving just about $16 billion of economic action in New Jersey by itself and supporting around 100,000 New Jersey jobs. We want to ensure that the financial exercise and recovery Newark Liberty International Airport presents is unencumbered from the troubles and constraints that delays and congestion will build.

As vacation demand returns, the FAA ought to assure its policies protect Newark’s historic world wide and domestic connectivity, when avoiding gridlock. We urge the FAA to implement EWR’s congestion and hold off mitigation rules in buy to aid an orderly return to Newark’s sturdy pre-pandemic functions, and to go after extra prospects to even further reduce air-targeted visitors delays so that EWR will not just “bounce back” but will “build back again better” than it functioned prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Donald M. Payne, Jr.

Member of Congress




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[1] Slotnick, D. (2019, September 6). These ended up the most delayed airports in the U.S. this summer. Business Insider (citing AirHelp analyze).

[2] Federal Aviation Administration. (2020, July 8). Value of Hold off Estimates. off_estimates.pdf

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