ATA promises suit to stop auction of NYC-area takeoff and landing slots

The Transportation Department is proceeding with a plan to auction takeoff and landing slots at New York-area airports, beginning with one slot at Newark's Liberty International Airport, despite repeated protests from airlines and industry groups. "DOT has left us no options -- we will sue to prevent this illegal action," said Air Transport Association President and CEO James May. The Newark auction will be held Sept. 3 with no minimum bid, but the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it will refuse to let the winning bidder use the airport terminal gates, effectively grounding the flight.

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