Blakey’s Last Hurrah: Shrink The Airlines


FAA Administrator Marion Blakey warned the airline industry Tuesday in her final week in office to address scheduling practices that are “out of line with reality,” or be ready “when the government steps in,” according to a report by The Associated Press. Any changes should include international airlines and business jets, too, according to a quick response from the Air Transport Association’s David Castelveter. Blakey’s concerns for future congestion in the air and at airports recognize that the first seven months of 2007 account for the airlines’ worst on-time performance numbers of all time … or at least since similar data has been collected (1995). Blakey’s shakeup message arrived Tuesday. The administrator leaves her office, Thursday.