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Shorter and Faster: FAA Unveils New Routes Along U.S. East Coast

Shorter and Faster: FAA Unveils New Routes Along U.S. East Coast

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has activated 169 new direct routes along the East Coast of the U.S. to save travelers time and energy.

As the busy summer travel season is about to start, the simplified and shortened routes above 18,000 feet will save passengers time and reduce congestion on popular paths, as well as the consumption of fuel. Additionally, when inclement weather conditions occur, controllers will have more flexibility.

The FAA has spent more than seven years working with the industry to develop the high-altitude highways.

According to Tim Arel, the chief operating officer of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization, “These significant improvements to our national airspace system are just in time for summer and will help travelers get to their destinations more efficiently.”

Planes relying on ground-based radar tend to take less direct and more zigzagged routes. The new development will improve the national airspace system, and positively impact millions of travelers who rely on air travel during the summer season.

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