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Will Closure of JFK Runway Mean Higher Ticket Prices?

March 2, 2010 | Posted in: Airline News,Pricing Activity,Travel Tips

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The AP seemed unequivocal on this point – that the 4-month long shutdown of JFK’s main runway for improvements (it closed yesterday), is going to cost you:

“Passengers using JFK also face another headache — higher ticket prices.” – AP, March 1, 2010

Is it true? Not necessarily.

Look, competition in the New York area is heavy, which is always good for keeping ticket prices in check, although we are seeing ticket prices in general firming up after hitting bottom last summer.

But what this shutdown really means is fewer take-offs and landings will be able to take place, and accordingly airlines have pared their schedules by about 10%. Okay, so there are fewer seats, and we all know what that means.

So, yes, I could see ticket prices going higher on JetBlue, Delta and to some degree American – at peak travel times.

What to do? Avoid flights during prime departure and landing times. You tend to get cheaper flights when people typically don’t want to fly, such as:

  • Dawn or first flight out
  • Lunch and dinner time flights
  • Overnights (redeyes)

Keep those flight times in mind no matter where you fly in and out of, and chances are, you’ll save.

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