Don't get caught in the vortex!

Right now, at Newark it's not possible to conduct simultaneous operations its parallel runways because they are only separated by 950 ft, making the wake vortex a concern for air traffic controllers. A combination of NextGen technologies would allow Newark to operate both of these runways at the same time. This would increase Newark's capacity and operational flexibility. 
Kennedy Airport will also be able to use its parallel runways at the same time thanks to NextGen. Since the runways are farther apart at Kennedy (3,000 ft) than at Newark (950 ft), the wake vortex is less of a concern. This means the improvement will be available at Kennedy sooner than at Newark.

There is a catch, though. Operations at Kennedy would still be limited due to the proximity of LaGuardia's airspace. While NextGen will allow these airports to operate more independently than they do today, there will still be limitations because they are sharing each other's airspace. 
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