In a "near-term step toward restoring reliable air service to LaGuardia," the Transportation Department is asking airlines to voluntarily cut four flight per hour at the nation's worst airport for on-time performance. As the largest carriers at LaGuardia, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and US Airways would be most affected by the FAA request, which calls for a list of proposed flight cuts by Feb. 2. In response, the Air Transport Association noted it "has long advocated that the most meaningful way to reduce delays is to fully implement operational and technological improvements -- not to artificially constrain demand by measures such as slot reductions and auctions -- and to accelerate development and deployment of technology and systems modernization."

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