The planned DOT auction of takeoff and landing slots at New York-area airports could affect small communities, writes ATA President and CEO James May in the Huntsville Times. "Slot auctioning will raise costs for airlines and their customers at a time when the carriers already are suffering from economic factors outside of their control. Airlines will be forced to operate only their most profitable flights, generally to larger cities. This means that many smaller communities likely will see fewer flights to New York City airports or lose access altogether." ATA is challenging in court DOT's legal authority to auction the airport slots.
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