Airlines Told to Help Ease Crowding in Florida Airspace

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg requested that airlines prepare more planes to fly offshore routes. The request comes as airlines and regulators debate factors behind summertime air-traffic snarls.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg asked airlines to help ease congestion in Florida’s crowded airspace by flying planes better equipped to go over less busy routes over the Atlantic Ocean.

The request was among Mr. Buttigieg’s suggestions to airlines ahead of what carriers expect will be a busy holiday flying season.

Mr. Buttigieg said the Federal Aviation Administration anticipates significant increases in travel volumes to Florida this winter, just as it did last year, and he said he wants to head off potential issues.

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