September 29, 2008

Federal Fight Over Flights

By Anonymous

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is going to court to block plans by federal agencies to auction takeoff and landing slots at area airports in September.

On Aug. 26, the Port Authority filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., Circuit to join a lawsuit to halt the Federal Aviation Association's plans to auction flight slots at Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuardia and JFK airports. The Air Transport Association filed the initial lawsuit on Aug. 11.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the FAA previously said they plan to auction the flight slots to bring new air carriers to air- ports and increase competition. The Port Authority and other opponents, which include New York Gov. David A. Paterson and New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine, say the auction will result in higher ticket prices if air carriers pass along the expense of bidding.

The transportation department says revenue from the auctions would go toward improving airport capacity in the region. -Shankar P.

Ticket prices could rise if the auction passes.

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