John F. Kennedy International Airport could reduce delays and increase capacity by adding a new runway between two existing runways, according to a new study by the Reason Foundation. Even with the new runway, JFK would still have runway spacing that is greater than the separation between runways at today's San Francisco International Airport and similar to Boston's Logan International.
The report highlights numerous technological improvements expected to be implemented as part of the Federal Aviation Administration's NextGen efforts, which will completely revamp the nation's air traffic control system over the next two decades. Full implementation of some of these new systems would increase runway throughput at JFK by 50 percent and by as much as 45 percent at Newark Liberty International. Reduced spacing on approaches would also permit an additional 10 percent throughput on LaGuardia's runways.
Full Study (.pdf)