Air Transport World

Flying free. (free flight air traffic management policy)(Editorial)

Those who see absolutely no chance of freedom spend very little time thinking about what they could do with it. But when allowed even the slightest glimmer of a hope, the idea carries them away.

Such is the case with airlines, which for decades have accepted the fact that their factories can run only as fast as the government allows. The government, being conservative, holds the pace down.

The factory producing the airline product is the aircraft. Airlines control only that portion of utilization that occurs when it is on the ground things such as turn times and maintenance scheduling. The government, through air traffic control, has it the rest of the time. The figure of $5 billion annually has been discussed as the alrline cost of ATC-imposed delays and slow operation in the U. …

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