Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why were commercial flights delayed?

    Last Tuesday, my 10-year-old old grandson was flying back to Seattle on a 5:30 p.m. flight out of Hailey. Simultaneously, my friend’s pregnant daughter and her 2-year-old son were to fly out of Salt Lake City and arrive in Sun Valley about the same time. Both flights were delayed by 30 to 45 minutes.
    The Horizon flight sat on the runway the whole time after “leaving” on time at 5:30 p.m.—this, while the Allen & Co. planes and participants’ planes landed and took off with monotonous regularity.
    I appreciate what the Allen & Co. event does for the valley. But surely they must have an event coordinator who must be aware of commercial airline schedules at least six months in advance. Either through poor planning, or total lack of concern for the public, dozens and dozens of paying passengers were inconvenienced at least and missed connecting flights at most.
    The greater implication is that the FAA  and controllers prioritized the needs of the very wealthy and powerful (bless their success, by the way) private citizens over the rights of public commercial transportation. Who made that decision, and why?
Jerry Davis


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