Tue, Jun 23, 2009
A much contested New York/New
Jersey/Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Airspace Redesign, intended
to significantly reduce delays, cleared a key legal barrier after a
court struck down a group of legal challenges.
A federal appeals court ruled on June 10th that FAA can continue
to move ahead as planned with the redesign, striking down legal
challenges filed by the State of Connecticut, towns and counties in
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut and a
The lawsuits, filed in 2007, claimed FAA didn't properly perform
an environmental impact study of the changes in air traffic
patterns that the agency made as part of the redesign.
A three-judge panel from the US Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia disagreed.
"The FAA's environmental impact analysis was procedurally sound
and substantively reasonable," the court wrote in its decision.
The FAA remains focused on making air travel more efficient in
the New York area as it continues to implement the airspace
redesign. The agency is currently implementing the second of four
Once completed in 2012, it is estimated that the redesign will
help reduce delays by approximately 20 percent compared to taking
no action, reduce noise, and cut airplane fuel consumption and
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