US may seek to reduce air delays with new flight restrictions in NYC area airports

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government will give details today on how it plans to ease airline travel delays. It may involve new flight restrictions at airports in the New York City area.

Right now, only LaGuardia limits its number of scheduled flights. But airline executives expect the government to impose similar restrictions at JFK and Newark Liberty. Those three major airports have the worst on-time arrival record of all major U.S. airports through October.

With Christmas coming, President Bush has said aviation officials will allow airlines to use some East Coast military airspace to ease crowding in the skies, repeating a temporary measure adopted for Thanksgiving travel.

An industry group expects domestic airlines to carry more than 47 million passengers during the three-week holiday period ending January 2nd.

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