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NextGen Delivering Promised Efficiency for Houston AreaJune 18–U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced the successful implementation of the Houston Metroplex NextGen airspace redesign project, which will deliver more on-time flights for passengers while reducing pollution by thousands of metric tons each year.

The airspace improvements use satellite-based NextGen technology to turn some of the most complex airspace in the country into some of the most efficient. The improvements will reduce distances flown by as much as 648,000 nautical miles annually, based on flight plans. This will save up to three million gallons of fuel and reduce carbon emissions by as much as 31,000 metric tons each year.