JetBlue Airways Corp. criticized federal officers because the provider stated a scarcity of air-traffic controllers would pressure it to chop 10% of its departures from the New York Metropolis space throughout the busy summer time journey season.
The pullback can have a “fairly vital monetary impression” on JetBlue within the second and probably third quarters, President Joanna Geraghty stated on a convention name Tuesday to debate earnings outcomes. The corporate warned final month of potential flight cuts after the US Federal Aviation Administration requested airways to trim flying at a number of the nation’s busiest airports.
“We’re clearly very involved about New York Metropolis for the summer time,” Geraghty stated. “The FAA continues to be considerably understaffed. It is a persevering with difficulty and albeit it’s solely getting worse this summer time.”
JetBlue, which relies in Lengthy Island Metropolis, New York, didn’t specify on the decision when the flight cuts would take impact. The FAA didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The difficulty threatens to convey a repeat of final summer time’s woes, when vacationers suffered via flight delays and cancellations as excessive demand crammed plane. A scarcity in air-traffic controllers in New York has an outsized impression on the general US aviation system, with a excessive proportion of plane flying into or via the area.