The New York Port Authority plans to add high-speed taxiways to New York area’s three major airports to ease congestion. The three airports – JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty – handle one-third of all the flights in the United States.
The new taxiways are angled at lower angles compared to the existing sharply-angled taxiways, allowing the aircraft to maintain a high-speed while exiting the taxiways to travel between the runways and the gates.
This can save as much as 8 seconds for each arrival/departure and adds up, for example, to a savings of about 80 minutes for JFK airport’s average 600 daily flight departures/arrivals, according to officials.
JFK will receive three high-speed taxiways to add to its current six while Newark is getting two such taxiways to add to its current four. LaGuardia, which has seven high-speed taxiways, is being considered for more.