Order Limiting Scheduled Operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport; High Density Rule at Reagan National Airport, 13733 [2014-05191]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 47 / Tuesday, March 11, 2014 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Order Limiting Scheduled Operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport; High Density Rule at Reagan National Airport Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT ACTION: Notice of limited waiver of the slot usage requirement. AGENCY: This action announces a limited waiver of the requirements to use slots at Washington’s Reagan National Airport and Operating Authorizations (slots) at John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport. This policy is effective on selected dates from January 5, 2014, through March 3, 2014. DATES: Effective Date: March 6, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorelei Peter, Senior Attorney, Regulations Division, AGC–200, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenues SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone number 202–267–3134. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Background Recent weather in the East Coast has severely disrupted aviation and other modes of transportation. Multiple storms have resulted in substantial amounts of snow and ice in widespread areas and resulted in airport closures, reduced airport capacity due to snow removal from runways and taxiways, and aircraft deicing programs. Carriers responded by cancelling flights and FAA used traffic management programs as needed to reroute traffic and utilize available airspace and airport capacity. Carriers instituted network operational recovery plans during this time including proactive flight cancellations in advance of the most severe weather to position aircraft and crews needed to resume scheduled operations. The disruption to the National Airspace System caused by snowstorms and adverse weather forced the cancellation of many flights as carriers made decisions based on safety and other operational criteria. However, the flight disruptions were not limited to the slot controlled airports. Operations at other airports were likewise impacted, including severe winter weather events in the mid-west and southern areas of the U.S. Recovery of normal operations took several days VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:22 Mar 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 after the initial storms and was exacerbated by subsequent snow storms and other adverse conditions. Under the FAA’s High Density Rule at Washington’s Reagan National Airport and orders limiting scheduled operations at the Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport, slots must be used at least 80 percent of the time. Slots not meeting the minimum usage rules will be withdrawn or not receive historic precedence for the following scheduling season, depending on the airport. The FAA may grant a waiver from the minimum usage requirements for highly unusual and unpredictable conditions that are beyond the control of the carrier and affect carrier operations for a period of five consecutive days or more. American Airlines, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., United Airlines, Inc., and US Airways, Inc. individually requested waivers from the minimum slot usage rules at the airports for January 5, 6, 7, 21, and 22 and February 3, 4, 5, 12, 13 and 14. Each carrier stated there was significant disruption to its planned scheduled due to weather on those days. The carriers indicated that they expected to meet the minimum usage requirement and that the higher than normal level of flight cancellations was highly unusual and beyond their control. Other carriers at the airports have advised the FAA that they intend to seek similar relief for some or all of the same dates. Statement of Policy The FAA has determined that the facts described above met the criteria for a limited waiver of the minimum slot usage requirement. The operational disruptions impacted many carriers and the FAA has determined that a general waiver of the usage policy is warranted in these circumstances rather than individual carrier relief. The FAA will treat as used, any slot or Operating Authorization held by a carrier on January 5, 6, 7, 21, and 22, 2014; February 3, 4, 5, 12, 13, and 14, 2014; and March 2 and 3, 2014. The FAA does not intend to routinely grant general waivers to the usage requirements. Rules allow for up to 20 percent nonuse, including planned and unplanned cancellations. This is expected to accommodate routine weather and other cancellations under all but the most unusual circumstances. PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13733 Issued in Washington, DC on March 6, 2014. Mark Bury, Assistant Chief Counsel for International Law, Legislation and Regulations Division. [FR Doc. 2014–05191 Filed 3–6–14; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2014–0028; Notice 1] Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Receipt of petition. AGENCY: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., on behalf of Toyota Motor Corporation and certain Toyota manufacturing entities (collectively referred to as ‘‘Toyota’’) have determined that specific model year (MY) 2013–2014 Toyota vehicles do not fully comply with paragraph S4 of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 302, Flammability of Interior Materials. Toyota has filed an appropriate report dated January 29, 2014 as amended on February 20, 2014 pursuant to 49 CFR part 573, Defect and Noncompliance Responsibility and Reports. DATES: The closing date for comments on the petition is April 10, 2014. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments on this petition. Comments must refer to the docket and notice number cited at the beginning of this notice and be submitted by any of the following methods: • Mail: Send comments by mail addressed to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Deliver: Deliver comments by hand to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. The Docket Section is open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Federal Holidays. • Electronically: Submit comments electronically by: logging onto the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Web site at http:// www.regulations.gov/. Follow the online SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration


Order Limiting Scheduled Operations at John F. Kennedy 
International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty 
International Airport; High Density Rule at Reagan National Airport

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT

ACTION: Notice of limited waiver of the slot usage requirement.

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SUMMARY: This action announces a limited waiver of the requirements to 
use slots at Washington's Reagan National Airport and Operating 
Authorizations (slots) at John F. Kennedy International Airport, 
LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport. This 
policy is effective on selected dates from January 5, 2014, through 
March 3, 2014.

DATES: Effective Date: March 6, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lorelei Peter, Senior Attorney, 
Regulations Division, AGC-200, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenues SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone number 202-
267-3134.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Recent weather in the East Coast has severely disrupted aviation 
and other modes of transportation. Multiple storms have resulted in 
substantial amounts of snow and ice in widespread areas and resulted in 
airport closures, reduced airport capacity due to snow removal from 
runways and taxiways, and aircraft deicing programs. Carriers responded 
by cancelling flights and FAA used traffic management programs as 
needed to reroute traffic and utilize available airspace and airport 
capacity. Carriers instituted network operational recovery plans during 
this time including proactive flight cancellations in advance of the 
most severe weather to position aircraft and crews needed to resume 
scheduled operations.
    The disruption to the National Airspace System caused by snowstorms 
and adverse weather forced the cancellation of many flights as carriers 
made decisions based on safety and other operational criteria. However, 
the flight disruptions were not limited to the slot controlled 
airports. Operations at other airports were likewise impacted, 
including severe winter weather events in the mid-west and southern 
areas of the U.S. Recovery of normal operations took several days after 
the initial storms and was exacerbated by subsequent snow storms and 
other adverse conditions.
    Under the FAA's High Density Rule at Washington's Reagan National 
Airport and orders limiting scheduled operations at the Kennedy 
International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Liberty 
International Airport, slots must be used at least 80 percent of the 
time. Slots not meeting the minimum usage rules will be withdrawn or 
not receive historic precedence for the following scheduling season, 
depending on the airport. The FAA may grant a waiver from the minimum 
usage requirements for highly unusual and unpredictable conditions that 
are beyond the control of the carrier and affect carrier operations for 
a period of five consecutive days or more.
    American Airlines, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., United Airlines, 
Inc., and US Airways, Inc. individually requested waivers from the 
minimum slot usage rules at the airports for January 5, 6, 7, 21, and 
22 and February 3, 4, 5, 12, 13 and 14. Each carrier stated there was 
significant disruption to its planned scheduled due to weather on those 
days. The carriers indicated that they expected to meet the minimum 
usage requirement and that the higher than normal level of flight 
cancellations was highly unusual and beyond their control. Other 
carriers at the airports have advised the FAA that they intend to seek 
similar relief for some or all of the same dates.

Statement of Policy

    The FAA has determined that the facts described above met the 
criteria for a limited waiver of the minimum slot usage requirement. 
The operational disruptions impacted many carriers and the FAA has 
determined that a general waiver of the usage policy is warranted in 
these circumstances rather than individual carrier relief. The FAA will 
treat as used, any slot or Operating Authorization held by a carrier on 
January 5, 6, 7, 21, and 22, 2014; February 3, 4, 5, 12, 13, and 14, 
2014; and March 2 and 3, 2014. The FAA does not intend to routinely 
grant general waivers to the usage requirements. Rules allow for up to 
20 percent nonuse, including planned and unplanned cancellations. This 
is expected to accommodate routine weather and other cancellations 
under all but the most unusual circumstances.

    Issued in Washington, DC on March 6, 2014.
Mark Bury,
Assistant Chief Counsel for International Law, Legislation and 
Regulations Division.
[FR Doc. 2014-05191 Filed 3-6-14; 11:15 am]
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