Airlines and other critics of the FAA's decision to allow airports to charge higher landing fees during peak travel periods say the changes will lead to higher fares and hurt consumers. The Air Transport Association said the real solution to solving congestion problems is replacing the nation's aging air traffic control system. "I agree with the ATA that the proposal is a bad idea," writes Molly Feltner in SmarterTravel.com. "The government is basically buying time so it can delay the daunting and hugely expensive task of implementing a new air traffic control system."

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