Business Leaders Say Excessive Flight Delays at Phila. Int'l are Proving Costly

group of regional business leaders urged the Federal Aviation Administration yesterday to adopt a new air-traffic routing system for the Philadelphia and New York areas to alleviate chronic flight delays.

At the news conference, Parker said that US Airways would continue to invest in its hub operations at Philadelphia International. "But if we don't get this airspace issue fixed, there will be continued delays here," he said. "The result will be an airport that will not be able to compete with other airports in the United States for air traffic."

The airline, Philadelphia's largest with 62.6 percent of all passengers last year, has an adequate number of employees here and is spending $20 million on new baggage-handling equipment and other airport facilities so it can speed up its operations, Parker said.

At the same time, US Airways' need to cut its costs since it merged with America West Airlines last fall has prompted it to reduce flights on larger jets that carry 130 or more passengers and increase service on 30- to 70-seat Express regional jets and turboprop planes.

Airspace Meetings

The Federal Aviation Administration will hold four public meetings on the redesign of airspace over the Philadelphia area from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

March 27: Paulsboro High School, 662 N. Delaware St., Paulsboro.

March 28: Concord High School, 2501 Ebright Rd., Wilmington.

March 29: Holiday Inn, 900 Parker Ave., Philadelphia.

March 30: Ridley Community Center, 801 Morton Ave., Ridley Township.

Contact staff writer Tom Belden at 215-854-2454 or


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