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FAA Docket for July 24, 2014
July 24, 2014 1:24 PM Pacific Time
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Slot Record Amendments for LaGuardia Airport - Notice of Submission Deadline
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Slot Record Amendments for LaGuardia Airport
Issued July 23, 2014 | On File at Federal Register July 24, 2014
Recently the FAA has received a number of requests to retime LGA slots and change arrival/departure designations. Although the FAA has received similar requests for slot adjustments on a seasonal basis since the LGA Order became effective, the FAA has noticed an increase in the volume of requests and the number of carriers seeking accommodation. Some requests have been the same season after season, indicating that carriers may desire adjustments that remain in effect until the expiration of the LGA Order. Historically, the FAA has evaluated and confirmed these adjustment requests, consistent with the LGA Order and prior FAA practice, on the basis of whether they have an operational benefit or a neutral effect on operations. Since 2007, many of these adjustments have improved LGA operational performance.
To evaluate LGA slot adjustments for the upcoming 2014-15 winter IATA scheduling season in a fair and transparent manner, the FAA is establishing a deadline of August 12, 2014, for carriers to request retiming and changes to the arrival/departure designation of currently-held slots. Carriers should provide slot information in sufficient detail including, at minimum, the operating carrier, slot number, scheduled time of arrival or departure, frequency, arrival/departure designation, and effective dates. Consistent with past practice, the FAA will evaluate requests in light of the overall operational impact at LGA and whether the requests improve or have a neutral effect on operational performance. The FAA will consider both short-term adjustments and adjustments through the expiration of the LGA Order. In addition, if the FAA receives conflicting requests for retiming, the FAA will give priority to new entrants and limited incumbents, consistent with the LGA Order and FAA practice. The terms of the LGA Order prevent the FAA from allocating new slots in hours at or above the slot limit.
The FAA will evaluate requests received by August 12, 2014, and intends to respond to the requests no later than August 19, 2014. The FAA cannot guarantee that all requests to adjust slots will be confirmed. Requests received after August 12, 2014, will be evaluated after timely requests in the order they are received. As permitted under paragraph A.5 of the LGA Order, carriers are encouraged to engage in slot trades, when possible, to achieve desired timings.
By: Mark Bury