Policy changes proposed by the Department of Transportation would allow airports to charge airlines higher runway fees during peak hours. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said the policy changes are aimed at reducing delays and congestion, but airlines said they will instead result in higher fares for passengers and will not solve delay and congestion problems. The new policy is "nothing more than congestion pricing disguised as an airport fee. Unfortunately, that does nothing to fix the primary cause of delays, our nation's increasingly antiquated air traffic control system," ATA President and CEO James C. May said.
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