U.S. airlines chronically late

The growing number of chronically late U.S. air flights won't ease up for at least a decade, it was reported Monday.

U.S. airlines chronically late
The growing number of chronically late U.S. air flights won't ease up for at least a decade, it was reported Monday.

Autumn may be bring some short-term relief as the busiest air travel season in history ends, The New York Times reported. The long-term outlook, however, is grim.

The over-burdened air traffic control system is at least a decade away from being replaced and a handful of large hub airports routinely operate above practical capacity, The Times reported.

To save money, airlines have compressed schedules leaving a half-hour or less on the ground between flights, which makes it nearly impossible to catch up once a plane falls behind, The Times reported.

Newark Liberty International Airport has more than half of the chronically late flights, particularly because it is vulnerable to weather problems, The Times reported.

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