A federal judge has issued an order halting the process for new U.S. airline agents from flying into Las Vegas, a key destination for travelers.
U.S.-bound jetliners, including the Boeing 737 MAX and the Airbus A320neo, have been operating from Las Vegas to Las Palmas, Arizona, since the mid-1980s.
But after an extensive review of the agency’s operations, the Federal Aviation Administration said it was not capable of managing the influx of passengers, especially in a city with so many other flights.
The agency said it will allow agents to continue to fly.
A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked enforcement of the ruling, which was based on the federal law that governs air travel in the U.M.A. and that states that are subject to a law requiring that agents fly through airports.
The ruling is a setback for the agents who have been flying through the area since December.
The U.K.-based National Air and Space Association, which represents hundreds of U.N. staff and flight attendants, had urged the FAA to allow the agents to fly into Las Palms, arguing that the agency was not properly equipped to handle the traffic.
The U. S. Supreme Court last year blocked a similar effort by the agency to impose limits on the number of flights a single agent can take.
The appeals court found that the government had not adequately explained its rationale for banning agents from using airports, and that the court did not have authority to strike down a state law.