Aviation Buffs Suggest Reopening Floyd Bennet Field To Ease Airport Congestion
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Some aviation buffs are suggesting the reopening Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn to ease congestion at area airports.
The former Navy base built in the late 1920s and early 1930s used to serve aviation pioneers like Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart.
Now, it's controlled by the National Park Service, and its four runways are only used for special flights a few times a year.
It's possible a new Federal Aviation Administration air traffic system being installed would allow Floyd Bennett Field to operate as an additional airport to ease congestion throughout the region.
But some question whether the airport would cause airspace conflicts with John F. Kennedy International Airport. It also may cost too much to lengthen and realign the runways.
A November report from the U.S. Department of Transportation found almost one-third of flights in New York were delayed or canceled in 2009.