Wed, Aug 06, 2008
Says It Will Refuse Flights Resulting From Experiment
The airlines aren't the only ones
upset about the debut of slot auctions. The
Associated Press reports the managers of New York City's big-three
airports say they'll fight the experiment.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has issued a legal
notice warning that John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty and LaGuardia
will refuse to accept any flights which result from the federal
slot auction. The DOT is already warning that the standoff could
cost the airports their federal funding.
The Port Authority claims that an airport manager has the right
to disallow departures or arrivals issued by auction. DOT attorney
DJ Gribbin says the statement "boldly violates" the Port
Authority's funding agreements with the FAA.
Port Authority aviation director Bill DeCota says not only will the
port bring legal action against the FAA, but if an airline flight
lands at one of the airports claiming access due to a slot auction,
"We're not going to allow it to come to a terminal."
Democrat Senator Charles Schumer, expressed his support for the
port's position. "We are going to fight this every step of the
way," the bombastic Senator said.
The DOT's position is that slot auctions will allow market
forces to reduce congestion and delays. Airports and airlines say
using slots to thin the pack will result in increased costs and the
loss of service to small communities.
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