Carriers, local and state officials oppose LaGuardia slot auction

A proposal announced Wednesday by the White House would require carriers to put up for auction some of their landing slots at New York's La Guardia Airport each year for the next five years. The proposal to auction airline slots at LaGuardia airport was strongly opposed by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "The FAA's misguided plan to sell takeoff and landing slots to the highest bidder won't make your plane take off faster, it will just cost New Yorkers more to fly and throw LaGuardia Airport into chaos," Schumer said. The Port Authority said, "the DOT and FAA are choosing to charge passengers more money via an auction without reducing delays and delivering relief." The Air Transport Association echoed the concern that the proposal will not help alleviate delays and voiced further opposition to the plan: "It is truly mystifying, with the airline industry in a financial meltdown due to overwhelming fuel prices, that (the government) decides now is the time for a costly economics experiment at LaGuardia," ATA President James May said.

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