The United States FAA extended the order which limits total aircraft movements at New York JFK International Airport until Oct. 24, 2020. The order limits the number of arrivals and departures at JFK through the implementation of the High Density Rule (HDR). FAA maintained the current hourly limits of 81 scheduled operations at JFK during the peak period, imposed an 80 percent minimum usage requirement for Operating Authorizations (OAs) with defined exceptions, provided a mechanism for withdrawal of OAs for FAA operational reasons, established procedures to allocate withdrawn, surrendered, or unallocated OAs and allowed for trades and leases of OAs for consideration for the duration of the Order.
The FAA historically limited the number of arrivals and departures at JFK through the implementation of the High Density Rule (HDR). By statute enacted in April 2000, operations were added at JFK through provisions permitting exemptions for new entrant carriers and flights to small and non-hub airports. The HDR’s applicability to JFK operations terminated as of January 1, 2007. With the AIR-21 exemptions and the HDR phase-out, some air carriers serving JFK significantly increased their scheduled operations throughout the day and retimed existing flights. This resulted in scheduled demand in peak hours that exceeded the airport’s capacity and caused significant congestion and delay. In January 2008, the FAA placed temporary limits on scheduled operations at JFK to mitigate persistent congestion and delays at the airport. The FAA extended the January 18, 2008, order placing temporary limits on scheduled operations at JFK on October 7, 2009, April 4, 2011, May 14, 2013, March 26, 2014, and June 21, 2016 before this latest order.