FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says he will hold informal talks with airlines in an effort to thin out schedules and reduce delays. "Technology and procedures alone will not solve the [congestion] problem," Babbitt says, noting that over-scheduling could "virtually eliminate" the advantages of modernizing the air-traffic control system. The FAA chief says airlines have been responsive to his concerns, leading him to hope that "blunt tools" such as greater regulation will not be needed. The federal government is making significant investments in aviation infrastructure, "and we don't want that put in jeopardy," Babbitt says.
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