The WSJ is reporting that PANYNJ officials are considering lifting the ban of flights longer than 1,500 miles from LaGuardia. The perimeter rule has been in place since 1984 and would likely lead to many airlines (DL & AA) ditching their regional routes and using slots for the more lucrative transcontinental and European / Latin American flights.

La Guardia’s two main 7,000-foot runways could support aircraft that can reach some near European cities, such as London and Paris, and Latin American destinations like Mexico City and Bogotá, Colombia. But La Guardia lacks a federal border-clearance facility, which is needed to accept travelers from most international airports, and has little space to add one.“The mix of flights at La Guardia would change materially,” said Mike Boyd, president of aviation-consulting firm Boyd Group International. “Why would you have a 50-seat jet going to Charlottesville when that slot can be used for a 150-seat jet going to Seattle?”

The authority plans to study how abolishing the rule would affect air traffic, ticket prices, noise and operations at the region’s airports, these people said. The study could be completed within a few months, and lifting the rule would require approval by the bistate authority’s board of 11 commissioners, these people said.

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