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US airlines under fire for delays, meet on JFK congestion.(FINANCIAL RESULTS, NEW DEALS, AND REPORTS FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBE)(Federal Aviation Administration)(Department of Transportation)(Brief article)

US airlines were set to meet with FAA and DOT in late October to discuss ways to reduce congestion and delays at New York JFK amid growing concern in Washington over airline service in general that included a public scolding by President George W. Bush, who accused the carriers of engaging in "egregious behavior" by forcing passengers to endure hours of delays on parked airplanes.

DOT described the scheduling meeting as part of "a two-pronged approach to address chronic New York delays" (see article, p. 60). Transportation Secretary Mary Peters "charged a group of airline, airport and travel officials with developing a series of additional measures to reduce congestion" at NYC's three major airports ahead of next summer's busy travel season. …

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