Why flights take longer now than they did 40 years ago

Why flights take longer now than they did 40 years ago

Nearly forty years ago a flight from New York City to Houston, Texas, used to take two hours and 37 minutes but now it takes three hours and 50 minutes…Surprised?
Any person would think that with all the technological advancements over the years, flights would at least be getting quicker and if you are one of them then unfortunately you’re wrong.
The main reason for flights slowing down is so airlines can save money. Of course… this is one of the key factor of flights increasing instead of decreasing the flying time.
“Airlines are able to save millions per year by flying slower,” a Business Insider revealed. Increasing Fuel costs are also why airlines are attempting to make planes weigh as little as possible which definitely involves charging customers’ fees for heavy luggage.”
A 2008 Associate Press report revealed that JetBlue airline saved US$13.6 million a year by adding just under two minutes to each flight.
While more obvious factors like ground and sky congestion are to blame for slower flights, you’ve most likely never heard about “block padding” causing flights to seem longer.
Block padding refers to airlines adding a few minutes to the expected arrival time to seem more punctual. So, in future don’t be fooled when an airlines says they’re arriving ahead of schedule… You’re actually pulling in right on time.

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