The FAA blames the airlines for air traffic gridlock, the airlines blame the FAA and guess what? They’re both right.
The air traffic control system is outdated and can’t handle the amount of traffic in the skies. Valid point. The airlines are overscheduling at busy airports and using small jets that create more traffic than the air traffic control system can handle. Another valid point.
So it all depends on how you look at it. Too much water for the glass? Or too small a glass for all that water?
Of course, there’s more to it. It’s not just air traffic control that’s lagging. Many busy airports could use more runways and updated runway configurations.
And it’s not just the airlines’ commuter jets clogging the runways. Corporate jets are also a problem.
What’s the solution? I’d say probably it’s updated air traffic control systems, airport expansions, fewer small jets and lots and lots and lots of money.
I do realize that nobody wants to hear that.