A Jet Blue pilot (left) navigates a flight simulator with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
FAA chief sees better flying today
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says good weather, additional airspace and improvements to the highways in the sky should make for easy flights home at the end of this long Thanksgiving weekend.
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Huerta said the 46,000 flights — about 15 percent more than a typical Sunday — will be crowded. But as long as passengers leave enough time for longer security lines, they shouldn’t run into problems.
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Once those flights take off, they’ll be traveling on either improved paths or travel ways normally restricted by the Defense Department.
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“Every year for the holidays, the Defense Department releases a lot of airspace to us, and that allows us to plan different highways in the sky,” Huerta said. “Also, over the last year, we’ve been making a lot of investments in making the existing highways a lot more efficient.”
Those changes, he said, have made takeoffs and departures more efficient at major airports, saving about 2.5 million gallons of fuel a year for airlines operating at the airports around Washington.
Huerta did not say, however, whether that savings would mean lower airfares.
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