ATA, Port Authority vow to stop auctions in court

The air travel industry is expressing outrage at the DOT's plan to auction takeoff and landing slots at New York-area airports, with the Air Transport Association vowing to seek an immediate court order to halt the process. ATA President and CEO James May said the move by the DOT "patently defies the recommendation of the Government Accountability Office, as well as the will of Congress," while Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., called it "simply shocking that the DOT is unabashedly continuing this ideological battle despite the staunch opposition from the entire aviation community and the independent finding that the DOT lacks the power under the law to implement the proposal in the first place." The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it, too, would seek an injunction to stop the auctions, and Continental Airlines expressed confidence that the legal actions would be successful. "In the meantime, these actions cause more instability, more chaos and more costs," Continental said. "It couldn't come at a worse time."

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