Outlook for Aviation Delays in the Summer of 2005 and Actions Needed to Mitigate Congestion in the Short- and Long-term

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On May 26, the Inspector General testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Aviation Subcommittee, on the status of aviation congestion and delays. The statement highlighted the growth in passenger enplanements and operations, which has resulted in significant delay growth systemwide. Beyond this summer, the continued growth of low cost carriers, especially in what have traditionally been network hubs, increased general aviation jet traffic (including micro jets), and rebounding international passenger and cargo traffic will likely contribute to further congestion. FAA’s efforts to address delays and congestion include a combination of initiatives.