Opinion: Slot auctions are not best solution for delays

11/17/2008 | USA Today · Travel Weekly

USA TODAY's business travel columnist says new technologies and revised airport fee schedules are the right way to alleviate delays caused by congestion in New York City. David Grossman argues that peak pricing and flat fees regardless of aircraft type offer a better solution than slot auctions for reducing the overcrowding at New York City-area airports that causes 45% of flight delays nationwide. "While the cost of takeoff/landing fee increases would ultimately be borne by travelers, and fewer flights aboard larger jets at more off-peak hours may take away some convenience, these two solutions alone might alleviate the need for caps, slots and auctions altogether," he writes. The Air Transport Association has filed a lawsuit to block the DOT-proposed auctions, arguing that "allowing the Department of Transportation to confiscate slots and auction them off in January will cause airlines irreparable injury and cause significant harm to passengers from canceled flights."

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