La Guardia Airport might allow long-haul flights

25 February 2015 (Last Updated February 25th, 2015 18:30)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the US is considering relaxation of distance restriction on La Guardia Airport.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the US is considering relaxation of distance restriction on La Guardia Airport.

The move could result in new long-haul flights to California and other destinations in the US West.

The authority that controls New York's three major airports, said in a statement that it is currently reviewing the perimeter rule that restricts flights longer than 1,500 miles from the airport to determine whether it will be in the best interest of the region's air travellers, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Any change will be implemented after a thorough study, analysis and consultation with all interested parties. The restriction can only be lifted following the approval from the Port Authority's board of 11 commissioners.

"Any change will be implemented after a thorough study, analysis and consultation with all interested parties."

Apart from La Guardia, the Port Authority controls John F Kennedy International and Newark Liberty International airports, which have transcontinental flights.

Airlines from La Guardia currently cannot fly to cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines Group respectively control approximately 40% and 28% of the departing seats at the airport.

Although JetBlue and United have a presence at La Guardia, most of their flights fly out of JFK and Newark Liberty airports respectively.

The authority will take into consideration the effect on air traffic, ticket prices, noise and operations at the region's airports, before deciding on lifting of restrictions.