When the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration decided to cut its flights to New York City from JFK, the New York Civil Aviation Authority had a job to do: keep the skies clear for flights to and from the region.
The agency needed to get back on the road, and in the coming weeks, the FAA will likely be making its first-ever major airport shutdown.
“That was one of the first things we were asked to do by the FAA,” said Brian DeBruin, an aviation safety program manager for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, in an interview with CNN.
“We knew there was a significant amount of congestion in the New World and that there was an issue with the airport.”
DeBruckins department has been running the New New Jersey Airport Operations Center since March 2015, when it began a pilot program that allows airport operators to take flights to or from the area on an ad hoc basis.
While the agency’s work in New Jersey has largely been focused on managing the airport, it has also been dealing with other issues, such as dealing with a virus outbreak that was causing problems with air travel.
DeBrusins team has been tasked with coordinating with airlines, airports, and state and local authorities to make sure the airport’s airport traffic is handled properly.
DeBusins team was tasked with running a “briefing room” that would gather information about the virus outbreak and provide recommendations on how to deal with the congestion.
DeBUSINS REPORT: DeBrumins Briefing Room and Transportation Planning Office DeBusens office is also dealing with an issue that was brought to the attention of DeBusers office last week.
On Sunday, the Federal Aviation Management Agency (FAA) issued a public health advisory regarding the spread of the coronavirus, warning people to stay home from any places where they might come in contact with someone who has recently been infected.
The FAA’s advice comes after a new coronaviral strain had emerged on social media, which has sparked concerns among travelers, including many who have been exposed to the virus in New England.
The CDC warned people to take extra precautions when traveling to the region, noting that travelers can be contagious for a short time, before being tested.
“CDC recommends travelers to avoid travel to New England or Rhode Island as a precautionary measure,” the agency said in a statement.
“Travelers who have traveled to the U, Bahamas, or Caribbean Islands should not return to the areas they are returning to.”
DeBusin and other aviation safety experts are concerned about the situation in New Yorkers airspace.
“The lack of communication from the FAA, the lack of coordination, the fact that there’s a lack of information out there, it’s just really a recipe for disaster,” DeBus, who was not directly involved in the project, told CNN.
DeBarruins team will be working to make up for that in the weeks ahead.
Debarruins group has been working to figure out how to get planes back on track as soon as possible.
“This is not a routine thing, so we’re doing a lot more testing,” he said.
“Our next step is to get a lot further back to New Jersey, and get back to getting airplanes flying again.
And hopefully, the airports can continue to operate.
It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to happen.”