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Tension passengers one of the busiest and longest runways in the world debate runways it's called at New York's John F.
Kennedy International Airport.
Shutting town for four months.
There is a recent massive construction project to accommodate the next generation of larger airplanes that are coming in from both Boeing and Airbus okay great idea but.
Anybody flying should brace themselves for steeper airfares and longer delays Peter goals a senior vice president of of -- associates this is an industry consulting firm and a former.
He's a former managing director of the National Transportation Safety Board joining us live from Washington DC.
Peter why the timing -- looking at any point on the calendar before march to -- spells disaster what with snow and today high winds.
Now we're looking just today alone a two hour delay its.
Well I think they were trying to get a jump on the -- you know this is either we bite the bullet and do it over four month period or you choose the old Chinese water torture.
Do it over four years so I think I think that made the right choice let's get it done take the pain and that we'll be ready in the fall.
Let's give us some stats here John F.
Kennedy is the sixth the biggest airport in the US thirteenth busiest.
In the world I would've thought it was -- in the US but it's not jetBlue is the biggest carrier at JFK Peter out there estimated.
To cut their schedules up to 10% but now public hearing that all the airlines today.
You know a pass on price psych student this are these justified hikes well.
It's the old supply and demand if you're cutting your capacity.
And airlines have been doing that over the past couple of years simply because of the economic conditions.
If they cut -- again because.
They don't want passengers sitting on the runway and flights.
Backed up they're going to be able to raise.
Their rates they're going to be.
Not significantly but you're going to feel it.
OK so it's a 376.
Million dollar project.
They safe for months of closure -- they stick to that schedule Peter these things always end up costing more and taking longer.
I can't believe you're saying that the -- -- The answer is is if they get it going.
They'll get it done I mean it they really need to widen this major runway.
You know it's almost 151000.
Feet long it's actually you know an alternate site for the space shuttle to land it's that long.
But they've got to get it from a 150 to 200 feet wide it's the right thing to do.
I think they can get it done in four months.
You are cold giving us some deep -- of little trivia there I -- that they could land the space shuttle there it indicates that.
In case there was some party that spilled over on that the one down in Florida OK so so looking at the future here.
What then do we glean from -- now we know that there are bigger airplanes that are being made of course the gigantic Airbus and Boeing dreamliner.
Does this mean -- -- have cable end -- getting more business more revenues because they have the ability to handle these larger planes.
Well I think I think two things happened one is they -- able to take.
The rebound when it comes in the aviation sector as I said every carrier has been cutting back capacity.
The last two years you want to be ready when the when the industry takes off again and I think it's going to be taken off this summer.
So I I think they'll be poised the second thing is you don't want to be able to take advantage of of the bigger jets that are coming in here.
We have a few a 380s coming in and out of New York now.
We want more of them.
OK I agree -- but look there's never a good this time.
To shut down our runway definitely but at the moment all the airlines look to be moving higher we see a lot of green on the screen Peter great to speak with you thank you for joining us.
Thank you Peter goals a senior vice president of O'Neill and.
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