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Holiday Travel Advice from Air Traffic Controllers - (12/15/2009)

CONTACT:  NATCA National Office, Alexandra Caldwell, 202-220-9813, acaldwell@natcadc.org

WASHINGTON – Who better to advise the flying public regarding holiday travel than the nation’s air traffic controllers?

For the last 3 ½ years the National Air Traffic Controllers Association has been disseminating travel advice to the flying public through the website www.avoiddelays.com in order to make traveling a little less stressful.  From the best time to fly to the best airports to connect through and the top 10 worst times to fly the site uses both historical and live flight data to help both those who have already booked a ticket and those who have not yet done so.

The site allows travelers to plan ahead – to know, for example, that between 8 and 9 p.m Philadelphia International is the most delayed airport and that the flight they booked is late nearly 90 percent of the time.

Using data from the Department of Transportation, NATCA makes the information easily accessible and understandable.  In addition to statistical flight information Avoid Delays offers a section with advice for travelers from air traffic controllers including the best times to fly, the best terminals to fly into and how to get to and from the airport.

Visit the site at www.avoiddelays.com and have a happy and safe holiday season from the nation’s air traffic controllers.

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