Billions lost to plane delays
Delays at LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark airports combined cost the regional economy more than $2.6 billion last year, according to a report issued yesterday.
The Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit alliance of business leaders, which released the findings, looked at diminished productivity, costs for grounded containers and expenses to business travelers.
Passengers were delayed by more than an hour on average, with evening flyers waiting for 130 minutes, the report found. The sluggish takeoffs rippled throughout the nation because of the large amount of air traffic moving through the city.