US Airways is the latest of a small group of airlines to
petition the Department of Transportation for a waiver of the
tarmac delay rule set to go into effect on April 29th. The airline
is asking only for special consideration at its hub in
US Airways is asking for the Philly waiver because "it shares
the same airspace, is part of the same air traffic control center
(New York Center), and has the same congestion challenges as JFK,
LaGuardia and Newark," the airline said in a document filed with
CNN reports that US Airways argues that the proximity of the
four airports within 100 air miles creates "the most complex
airspace configuration in the world" in one of the smallest
airspace regions in the country.
US Airways, along with Delta, American, and Continental, are
concerened about the $27,000 per passenger fine being imposed at
airports where congestion is a major problem.
The DOT has not ruled on any of the waiver requests it has
received, but spokesmaan Bill Moseley said in a statement "Carriers
have it within their power to schedule their flights more
realistically, to have spare aircraft and crews available to avoid
cancellations." Some airlines have threatened to cancel flights
preemptively to avoid having to pay for lengthy tarmac delays.