DOT Creates Air Czar for New York

Underscoring the chronic problems of airlines serving the New York region, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters has named Marie Kennington-Gardiner of Staten Island, NY, to serve as director of the New York Integration Office.

The post was created by DOT last year as part of a coordinated effort to address chronic aviation delays in the New York region.

“With the appointment of our new czar and the aggressive action we’ve taken to date, we are tackling the aviation congestion and delays that grounded passengers and economic opportunities alike in the New York region last year,” Peters said.

In addition to appointing the aviation czar, the DOT said it has acted aggressively to respond to last year’s delays in the New York region, some of the worst on record. This includes implementing temporary hourly limits at JFK and Newark airports to allow for more flights more evenly spread out during the day.

Also the DOT offered a series of rules to protect passengers and a new task force focused on helping airlines and airports do a better job of coordinating with each other and taking care of passengers in the event of lengthy ground delays.  Visit www.dot.gov.

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