FAA, CNN team on ticker
- By Greg Langlois
- Jun 06, 2001
The Federal Aviation Administration and CNN launched a new airport delay
information service Tuesday based on information the FAA updates regularly
on the World Wide Web.
The CNN Airport Network, which provides general news and information
to travelers at 35 of the country's busiest airports, began displaying an
on-screen ticker showing real-time delays of 60 minutes or more at 28 major
The information is gleaned directly from the FAA's Air Traffic Control
Command Center in Herndon, Va., which offers the same type of information
on the Web at www.fly.faa.gov.
"This is one short-term way to help our traveling public with up-to-date
FAA information on delays across the nation," Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman
of the House Aviation Subcommittee, said during a press conference held
at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Mica said that when he recently visited the FAA Command Center, he determined
that the center's "incredible volume" of information could be put to use
to help travelers. Within 60 days of that visit, the new CNN Airport Network
service was launched.
CNN staffers developed software within three weeks that connects the
ticker service with the FAA's real-time delay information, said Debbie Cooper,
head of the CNN Airport Network. The software sifts through FAA's information
to collect data on 28 airports experiencing delays of 60 minutes or more.
The ticker will run six times every hour.
Although the service doesn't provide information for specific airlines,
just knowing that an airport is experiencing a delay can help, said Charles
Barclay, president of the American Association of Airport Executives. For
example, if Boston is delayed, passengers might consider switching flights
to Manchester, N.H., or Providence, R.I., he said.
Like being stuck in a traffic jam, "the only antidote to frustration
is information," he said. The ticker advises travelers to check with their
airlines for delay details.
FAA Administrator Jane Garvey said the new service is another way to
disseminate real-time delay information to the public, which the agency
first accomplished through its Web site and more recently through a cell
phone and pager service.